California's Death Spiral Begins as Population Plunges
No state lost more residents in 2019 than California, which led the nation in net migration loss with 203,414, more the Census Bureau reports.
While more Californians are being born than dying, the net migration loss means the state’s population grew by only 0.35 percent, far below the national average.
So many residents are leaving the state and holding down total population growth it is now on track to lose a seat in the U.S. House for the first time in its 169-year history.
But the repercussions are more than political. Population losses combined with skyrocketing spending are putting the state on track for budget gaps and employment shortages.
In fact, if trends continue California could see its population begin to shrink, turning it into a massive version of Detroit, complete with statewide bankruptcy and cities gutted by acres of abandoned homes.
“The top states with net domestic migration loss were California (-203,414), New York (-180,649), Illinois (-104,986), New Jersey (-48,946), Massachusetts (-30,274) and Louisiana (-26,045),” the Census Bureau reports. Other than Louisiana, which saw people move out because of a plunge the prices commanded by its oil and gas industries, all states losing migration are run by liberal Democrats.
California is trying to blame its migration loss on a lack of housing.
“Our failure to build enough housing is at the heart of CA’s challenges: It’s exploding housing costs; It’s fueling homelessness & poverty; It’s creating sprawl, increasing traffic, commutes & wildfire risk," Democrat State Sen. Scott Wiener claimed on Twitter.
"This is another sign of the state’s housing crisis. California’s nearly 40 million residents can appreciate its natural beauty and weather. But when well more than the rule-of-thumb 30% of your paycheck goes to rent for so many, it’s easy to be sour," The San Diego Union-Tribune wrote in an editorial.