Per the report by The California Department of Finance on Monday, the state’s population dipped below 40 million residents in 2020.
This is a 0.14% decline from 2019, and brings the total population loss over the last two years to around 55,000 people.
The majority of this loss can be attributed to people moving out of California to other parts of the country.
As mentioned, net migration out of California was negative for the second year in a row, with around 140,000 more people leaving the state than moving in.
Several factors are thought to be contributing to this decline. One is the state’s high cost of living, which is making it difficult for people to afford to live there. Another is the state’s increasing crime rate, which is causing some people to leave.
For example, thanks to spiraling drug rates and out-of-control crime, San Francisco’s population has plummeted by more than 100,000 residents from 2020 to 2021.
Additionally, many young people are leaving California to pursue opportunities elsewhere. As many prominent companies like Tesla and The Daily Wire have moved out of the state due to tax and labor costs.
Hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost because of those two examples alone. Joe Rogan is another prominent personality that fled California because of the high costs of living.
The state’s push to hire and provide for illegal aliens over citizens has been another frustrating burden on the labor industry.
Other people have notably moved because they are fed up with California’s insane progressive policies including pushing for “abortions” up to 28 days after birth. Not to mention the state’s plan to ban gas vehicles by 2035.
This decline in population could have major implications for the state. As it could mean less tax revenue and fewer people to support social services. Additionally, it could lead to a decline in economic activity and jobs.
We will have to wait and see how this plays out in the coming years. Especially because California appears to have no intentions of changing its goals to accommodate for the mass exodus that most Americans are fully aware of.
It’s worth noting that the states ex-Californians are fleeing to include Texas, Arizona, and Nevada. All of which are Republican-led states with much more affordable living costs and significantly lower taxes.