California Population Dips Once Again

It’s not a secret that people have been leaving California. People have been fed up with the radical policies pushed by Democrats and have taken their families to other states such as Arizona, Florida, Tennessee, and Texas. 

Between January 2021 and January 2022, the population of California decreased by 117,552. This is the second straight year that the population has gone down in the Golden State. The figures come from a recent study done by the California Department of Finance. The population fell by .3% according to the study, a slight improvement from the .6% population decrease between April and December 2020. The population loss is reflected in the fact that California lost a seat in the U.S House of Representatives for the first time in history. States such as Florida, Montana, and Texas gained a seat. 

A more in-depth look at the study also shows many people’s reasons for concern. All but three coastal counties (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz) all saw population declines. 34 of the 58 counties saw populations decline. Only two (Yolo and San Benito) had a population growth of over 1%. Lastly, six of the ten largest cities in California all saw a population decrease: San Jose, San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland, Anaheim, and Los Angeles. The four that did not experience a decrease were San Diego, Fresno, Bakersfield, and Long Beach. 

The Department of Finance looked at the biggest factors that contributed to the decline in population. One of those factors was the increase in Californians leaving the state. A major part of the study showed that there was a lot of internal migration as well. People left urban, dense, and expensive coastal cities and moved to more suburban and rural areas. 

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