Recent census figures show a bleak picture for California’s population growth. That state lost the second-most residents during a survey of migration statistics from 2020 to 2022.
Between 2020 and 2022, only New York had more residents leave, with almost 525,000 headed for other states.
The sharpest decrease in population came from the major cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The recent bad news follows more than a decade of residents leaving states typically administered by Democrats. California and New York join states such as Illinois and Connecticut as among the highest for domestic emigration.
Republican critics believe that much of the cause for residents leaving is related to the policies Democrats implement in these states. These include a number of limiting building codes and some of the highest tax rates in the nation.
In particular, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has made the topic of out-migration a major focus. Florida is one of the largest recipients of individuals leaving other states.
New census data: 500,000 people have left California between 2020-22. Nearly half were from Los Angeles.
The LA Times: People moved “away from the denser urban core, where Covid-19 risk was perceived as being higher.” (Paul Ong)
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The Sunshine State is consistently at or near the top of lists of states that new arrivals head to. According to census figures, Florida was the fastest-growing state between 2021 and 2022.
The state grew by more than 400,000, or 1.9%, in that span. It was second in the 2020 to 2022 span cited above, falling only behind Texas’ significant growth.
Florida currently has more than 22 million residents.
Following the 2020 census figures, California lost representation in Congress for the first time in its history. The state’s delegation to the House of Representatives declined from 53 to 52.
New York also lost one seat in Congress, as well. The same state also saw a sharp increase in the number of Republicans representing it in the House following the 2022 midterm elections.