“The nation’s most populous state lost more than 180,000 people between January 2020 and January 2021”
The population of the state of California has just dropped for the first time in history. All the reports we have heard for months about people fleeing the state have had a very real effect.
Take a bow, Governor Newsom.
Paul Steinhauser reports at Fox News:
More California woes: State’s population dips for first time in history
One week after California learned that it will lose a U.S. House seat for the first time in the state’s history, officials on Friday announced that the state’s population dropped for the first time since California became a state 171 years ago.
The nation’s most populous state lost more than 180,000 people between January 2020 and January 2021 – a 0.46 decline – according to state Department of Finance data.
Officials said the dip was due to “continuing declines” in immigration and the birth rate and a surge in deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“In recent years, the slowdown in natural increase – a nationwide trend affecting California more than other states – has contributed to the state’s population growth slowing and plateauing,” state officials wrote. “The addition of 2020’s COVID-19-related deaths, combined with immigration restrictions in the past year, tipped population change to an annual loss.”
Adam Beam of the Associated Press has more:
California’s population has surged and slowed in the decades since its founding, with notable increases following World War II and the tech boom of the 1980s and ’90s that put Silicon Valley on the map.
In recent years, more people have left California for other states than have moved there, a trend Republicans say is a result of the state’s high taxes and progressive politics. The average sale price of a single-family home in California hit a record $758,990 in March, a 23.9% increase from a year ago.
“The numbers don’t lie. People are leaving our state because it’s not affordable to live here,” tweeted Kevin Faulconer, the former mayor of San Diego and one of the Republican candidates hoping to unseat Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in this year’s expected recall election.
For 170 straight years, California's population grew. Last year, it declined by 182,000 people. Congratulations to our Governor on making history yet again.
— Kevin Kiley (@KevinKileyCA) May 7, 2021
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