Sacramento, California 2021-05-07 13:43:32 –
Sacramento (AP / CBS13) – California’s population has declined for the first time in history.
On Friday, state officials announced that California had lost 182,083 people in 2020. California currently has a population of just under 39.5 million and remains the most populous state in the United States.
California has shown very little annual growth over the past few years.
The state’s escape occurs after the US Census Bureau announced last week that it would lose its first parliamentary seat as California grew slower than other states in the last decade.
Coronavirus, which killed 51,000 people in California in 2020, has reduced fertility, reduced immigration, and increased deaths because of its losses.
The State Department says it expects California to grow its population next year.
Over the last three decades, California has left more people than it has migrated from other states. But it was more than offset by immigration and childbirth.
The state’s population has become a political issue this year in light of efforts to bring back Governor Gavin Newsom by Republicans blaming high taxes and the governor’s policy towards those fleeing the state.
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