Major California Cities Lost Residents During Pandemic

For the first time, California’s major population centers in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area lost population in the same year, data showed Friday. California as a whole lost 173,000 people in the year ending July 1 which included 12 months of the pandemic. This is only the second time the state has reported an annual loss of population. But this is the first time Los Angeles County and the Bay Area’s nine counties have lost population in the same annual tally. Los Angeles County is by far the most populous in the country, but the latest tally shows it lost around 67,500 people to just under 10 million. The counties in the Bay Area, which have a population of approximately 7.7 million, have lost approximately 64,000 residents. For most of its existence, California’s population growth seemed limitless. It edged out other Western territories when it became a state in 1850, propelled by the discovery of gold in the Sierra Nevada foothills that attracted hundreds of thousands of settlers while accelerating the decline of indigenous populations. This sparked a period of intense growth that spanned over a century as the state regained prosperity in the years following World War II and again after the tech boom of the late 1980s and early 1990s. But that growth has slowed considerably in recent years until, in the spring of that year, California lost a seat in Congress for the first time in its history because it did not experience a growing as fast as other states over the past decade. The delegation now has 52 members, still most of them in the country. Critics blamed California’s high cost of living. Taxes are high and the median selling price of a single-family home is nearly $ 800,000, making home ownership out of reach for many while driving up rental prices. A cottage industry has sprung up to help people move from California to other states. California publishes population estimates twice a year. The first estimate for May covers the previous calendar year while the estimate for December covers the previous fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30. The latest figures show a slightly slower rate of decline compared to calendar year 2020.

For the first time, California’s major population centers in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area lost population in the same year, data showed Friday.

California as a whole lost 173,000 people in the year ending July 1 which included 12 months of the pandemic.

This is just the second time the state has reported an annual loss of population. But this is the first time Los Angeles County and the Bay Area’s nine counties have lost population in the same annual tally.

Los Angeles County is by far the most populous in the country, but the latest tally shows it lost around 67,500 people to just under 10 million. The counties in the Bay Area, which have a population of approximately 7.7 million, have lost approximately 64,000 residents.

For most of its existence, California’s population growth has seemed limitless. It edged out other Western territories when it became a state in 1850, propelled by the discovery of gold in the Sierra Nevada foothills that attracted hundreds of thousands of settlers while accelerating the decline of indigenous populations.

This initiated a period of intense growth that spanned over a century as the state regained prosperity in the years following World War II and again after the tech boom of the late 1980s and the early 1990s.

But that growth slowed considerably in recent years until, in the spring of this year, California lost a seat in Congress for the first time in its history, because it did not grow as fast as others. States over the past decade. The delegation now has 52 members, still most of them in the country.

Critics blamed California’s high cost of living. Taxes are high and the median selling price of a single-family home is nearly $ 800,000, making home ownership out of reach for many while driving up rental prices. A cottage industry has sprung up to help people move from California to other states.

California publishes population estimates twice a year. The first estimate for May covers the previous calendar year while the estimate for December covers the previous fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30. The latest figures show a slightly slower rate of decline compared to calendar year 2020.

Bernard P. Love