For the fourth year since 2019, the U.S. Census has reported that the state of California has lost a sizable portion of its population as people continue to the state known for its Democrat supermajority government that verges on single-party rule.
Although the exodus seems to have slowed somewhat over the nearly half-million who’ve departed in the last two years, a federal estimate has shown that the net loss comes despite an increase in immigration that brought in 126,000 people.
As reported by The Washington Free Beacon, California GOP chairwoman Jessica Millan Patterson said in a statement,
“People are fleeing our state in droves. While the red states [that Democratic governor Gavin] Newsom loves to hate continue to grow in population, California’s sky-high cost of living, surging crime, homeless crisis, and failing schools aren’t a very compelling case for why people should stay here.”
Posting an interview with Good Morning San Diego she wrote, “@GavinNewsom
has been an absolute failure when it comes to “solving” the homeless crisis in California. He has made matters worse and spread his incompetence statewide.”
Millan Patterson added in a later post that Newsom “has spent over $20 billion on the homeless crisis in the past five years. What Newsom is serving isn’t working, and it’s only gotten worse under his dismal ‘leadership.'”
Conversely, the populations of both Texas and Florida grew in 2023 according to Fox News, with Texas seeing an influx of 473,453 people and Florida gaining 365,205 new residents. The eight states rounding out the top ten states for growth were North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arizona, Virginia, Colorado, and Utah.
South Carolina and Florida were reportedly the two fastest growing states in the nation according to the report from Fox News.
The seven states in addition to California that experienced a population loss were Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
The latest figures from the U.S. Census suggest that as ZeroHedge suggested in 2022’s The Great Re-Sort, and Fortune’s Chris Dorsey noted in “America’s Mass Migration” of ‘Leftugees’ in 2021, the geographic polarization of the American people appears to be continuing apace with people choosing to relocate for political reasons in addition to those related to employment and education.
The Great Re-Sort: New, National Survey Indicates Political Migration Will Soar https://t.co/7TaL3bVIJc
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) December 29, 2022
The most immediate consequence of the ongoing shift in population could be political in nature. As noted by the Free Beacon, California lost its first congressional seat in state history in the 2020 census and subsequent redistricting. Analysts have further predicted that following the 2030 census and redistricting California could lose as many as five additional seats.