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The California Exodus Continues

The California Exodus Continues

California’s population has continued to decline, as the negative impacts of traffic, the cost of housing and the ability to work remotely has outweighed the state’s many benefits over the last couple of years. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Golden State’s population has decreased by more than 500,000 people since July 2020.

According to the LA Times, net migration out of California surpassed that of #2 New York by about 143,000 people, prompting neighboring states like Utah and Nevada to shun the new residents. Los Angeles County lost 113,000 people between July of 2021 and July of 2022, which was nearly half of the state’s full total during that time period.

Paul Ong, director of the Center for Neighborhood Knowledge at UCLA told the LA Times that the lower housing costs in other states has driven the exodus, along with COVID fears in denser urban cores and the ability to work remotely. Which states have seen the highest population increases since July 2020? Texas and Florida, which gained 884,000 and 707,000 people respectively.


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About Mark Nieto

Mark comes to ConnectCRE with an extensive background as a business and news reporter in San Francisco radio, as well as 35 years as a traffic reporter on several stations including KGO, KNBR, KCBS and KFRC. As a business reporter, Mark covered the tech world in Silicon Valley where he became familiar with real estate transactions in the hot Bay Area marketplace. He attended San Jose State University with a BA in Radio and TV Broadcasting and currently resides in the Lake Tahoe area where he gets to frequently enjoy all of his favorite activities: Golfing, Fishing, Hiking and Skiing.

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