Shrinking California

Source: Model Citizen
by Will Wilkinson

“California’s population is shrinking. The Los Angeles Times reported: ‘California lost 182,083 people in 2020, though it remains the most populous state, with just under 39.5 million residents.’ … When I read this, my ridiculous first reaction was ‘Will this make houses cheaper?’ Sadly, the answer is no — not for me, at least. Which is not to say that this is not nevertheless an important development. … The biggest group moving to Texas from California has an income in the $15,000-$30,000 range. And most California migrants to Arizona make less than $55,000. Outgoing Californians who make over $200,000 evidently prefer New York and Chicago. Don’t let the loudness of Republicans stomping out of the state in a scolding partisan huff confuse you. Joe Rogan and Ben Shapiro, it turns out, are not representative of California-to-Texas movers.” (06/01/21)