California Growth Rate Declines as Exodus Continues
A study by the California Department of Finance found that more people are relocating out of the Golden State than are moving to it. The growth rate, which has dipped to a record low, is also being slowed by the fact that there are fewer births.
California added 21,200 people from July 1, 2019, to July 1, 2020, increasing the state’s population 0.05% to 39.78 million people, which still gives it a sizable lead over other states’ populations. But by comparison, since the April 2010 census, California’s population has grown at an annualized rate of 0.64%.
The new population estimate released Wednesday also shows that 135,600 more people left the state than moved here. That marks just the 12th time since 1900 that California has recorded a net migration loss, and is the third largest ever recorded. California also recorded its third consecutive year of net migration loss.
Some lay blame for the exodus on the state’s taxes and policies, as well as housing costs, though state officials indicate the pandemic and the migration patterns of the state’s large community of international immigrants are more likely the causes.
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