California shows America what not to do as 500,000 people left the state in two years

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California’s population decline is showing no sign of abating as residents continue to leave the Golden State in their droves, according to the latest census data.

The state’s population decreased by more than 500,000 people between April 2020 and July 2022, with nearly 700,000 more residents leaving than moving in. The state’s population decrease was second only to New York, which lost about 15,000 more people than California.

Experts have attributed the exodus to California’s high housing costs, long commutes, and crowded urban centers. The state’s authoritarian response to the COVID-19 pandemic only accelerated the trend, with many people opting to work remotely and avoid the draconian restrictions put in place.

The census data shows that nearby states, such as Utah and Nevada, have seen significant population gains as Californians seek a different lifestyle elsewhere. Net migration out of California …

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