California Population Shrinks for 2nd Straight Year

Headline Roundup May 3rd, 2022

For the second year in a row, California's population shrank due to declining birth rates, a higher number of deaths attributed to COVID-19, and the decline in international immigration due to travel restrictions and visa limitations. 

The state's population is now 39,185,605 - still the largest state population in the country, but down by 117,552 people in 2021.  Texas is the second-largest state by population, with 29.5 million people.

Some critics, especially on the political right, blame the decline on Democratic policies that they argue have led to increases in crime and homelessness.  Some state officials and reports from left-rated news sources, on the other hand, point to the growing number of families that have moved inland since they can work remotely and enjoy more open space and more affordable housing.

From the Left
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California’s population continued to decline after falling for the first time on record during the COVID-19 pandemic — but that loss is showing signs of slowing, new demographic data indicate.

The state’s population declined by 117,552 between Jan. 1, 2021, and Jan. 1, 2022, bringing the estimated total population to 39,185,605, according to data released by the state Department of Finance on Monday. The 0.3% decline represents a slowing compared with the 0.59% drop over the nine-month period between the April 2020 census date and that year’s end, demographers said....

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From the Center

The nation's most populous state is shrinking.

California’s population shrank for the second year in a row in 2021 as the nation’s most populous state was hit by declining birth rates, higher deaths from the pandemic and fewer people moving into the state from elsewhere in the U.S., officials said Monday.

California lost 117,552 people in 2021, putting its population to 39,185,605, the California Department of Finance said. That’s still the largest state population in the country ahead of second-place Texas.

But after years of steady population growth for California that...

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From the Right

California's population decreased by more than 100,000 people in 2021, the second consecutive year the state has seen a population decline, officials announced Monday.

The state attributes its population drop off to reduced births and immigration, and an increase in deaths and people moving to other states. 

Despite the decline, California remains the most populous state in the country with an estimated 39 million residents. In comparison, second-place Texas is home to 29.5 million people.

California lost 117,552 people between Jan. 1, 2021 and Jan. 1, 2022, according to the state's Department...

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