[Ed. – It’s hard to imagine why.]
A combination of pandemic panic, an aging population, Trump’s immigration policies, and tax fatigue may be adding up to slower population growth in California.
As the Associated Press reports, a new population estimate released Wednesday by the Department of Finance found that 136,000 more people left California than moved here from July 2019 to July 2020. That makes three consecutive years of net migration out of the state.
While more residents may have moved away than moved in, the total population of the state still increased by a net of 21,200, up to a total of 39.78 million, by far the largest population of any state in the nation.
California’s last two major population constrictions happened in the 1990s when the end of the Cold War brought aerospace spending to a trickle, and again as the Great Recession of the 2000s got underway.