The state of California has started to show signs of decline over the past five years. Its image once upon a time was of progressive ideals and sunny skies, but it has quickly become synonymous with poor infrastructure and high poverty rates. People used to flock to the state in hopes of better lives, but these days, they are leaving in droves.
The new census data has revealed a significant decline in the number of people living in California. Between April 2020 and 2022, the state experienced a population loss of over three million people. This was largely due to the people leaving the state, which used to be regarded as a success.
According to a recent report by the US Census Bureau, about three-quarters of a million people left California in the last two years.
The figures released by the census bureau show that the state's population has decreased by over 500,000 since April 2020. The Los Angeles area is responsible for about half of the population loss in California.
According to Paul Ong, the head of UCLA's Center for Neighborhood Studies, the pandemic has led to a sharp increase in the population loss within the LA area.
Ong explained that the rising cost of housing and the possibility of being able to work remotely were some of the factors that caused people to leave Los Angeles. The pandemic also caused people to leave the city's dense urban areas.
The data released by the Department of Finance shows that the state lost over 211,000 people from July 2021 to July 2022. Los Angeles County lost about 162,000 residents during that period.
A report released by Kens 5 in 2021 discussed the reasons why people were leaving California.
Between April 2020 and 2022, around 800,000 people moved to Florida and Texas, while around 707,000 individuals relocated to the latter.
It's understandable for people to want to be somewhere where their vote counts. However, it's also possible that the state's political situation has led to a dramatic decline in the number of individuals who have voted for Republicans all their lives. This can be very discouraging, especially since many of those who left have expressed their opinions without any real change. The massive population loss in California has affected both the Democratic and Republican parties.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on NEXT.