The Blaze reports that California’s population has shrunk for the second year in a row, losing nearly 120,000 people in 2021.
Its population shrank by 180,000 people in 2020, the equivalent of the combined populations of Santa Monica and Santa Barbara. It was the state’s first population loss in 171 years.
The decline even resulted in the state losing a congressional seat. However, with a population of 39.2 million, California still remains America’s most populous state.
There are several factors at work, including slowing birth rates.
However, the biggest factor is due to Californians fleeing the state in record numbers.
In 2021, 280,000 more Californians chose to move to other US states than fellow Americans chose to relocate to California.
Because of all the negativity in the state, woke left-wing politics, homelessness, high taxes, high crime rates, and over-regulation, it appears the sun and ocean no longer work their magic. All of California’s coastal cities, except three, saw their populations decline in 2021.