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Blockages, office and school closures, mandates: nearly 400,000 Californians move


With California Governor Gavin Newsom extending his emergency powers and a “state of emergency,” mask warrants, vaccine warrants and forced blockages for nearly two years, nearly 400,000 Californians have picked up and moved towards red states open for business and education – and no masks or vaccination warrants, according to United States Census Bureau.

New Census office demographics show that California’s population declined in 2021 by -367,299, or 1% of the population.

Between 2020 and 2021, a total of 33 states saw their populations increase through in-migration, while 17 states saw their populations decline through out-migration. New York, California and Illinois suffered the largest population declines. Texas, Florida and Arizona experienced the strongest numerical growth, and Idaho, Utah and Montana saw the strongest percentage growth.

the United States Census Bureau posted the most recent migration numbers, as well as growth in the Red States.

  • With a population of 29,527,941 in 2021, Texas recorded the largest annual and cumulative numerical gain, increasing to 310,288 (1.1%) and 382,436 (1.3%), respectively.
    • While gaining population through net international migration (27,185), growth in Texas over the past year was primarily due to gains in net domestic migration (170,307) and natural increase (113,845 ).
  • Idaho had the fastest annual and cumulative population increase, increasing 2.9% (53,151) in the past year and 3.4% (61,817) since April 1, 2020.
    • Idaho made modest gains from natural increase (4,398) and net international migration (413); however, the main driver of its rapid increase was net in-migration (48,876).
  • New York experienced the largest annual and cumulative population decline, decreasing by 319,020 (1.6%) and 365,336 (1.8%), respectively.
    • The decline in New York’s population over the past year has been attributed to negative in-migration (-352,185).
  • Over the past year, the District of Columbia’s population declined 2.9%, or 20,043, to 670,050 in 2021. This is the largest annual percentage decline in the country.
    • The District of Columbia’s population decline can be attributed to negative net inland migration (-23,030), which was large enough to offset gains from natural increase (2,171) and net international migration (1,128 ).
  • Three states had more than 20 million inhabitants in 2021: California (39,237,836), Texas (29,527,941) and Florida (21,781,128). New York City fell below 20 million people last year, from 20,154,933 to 19,835,913.

The 2021 Census Bureau also reported that the South, with a population of 127,225,329, was the most populous of the four regions (38.3% of the total national population) and was the only region that had a positive net inland migration of 657,682 between 2020 and 2021.

The Northeast region, the least populated of the four regions with a population of 57,159,838 inhabitants in 2021, experienced a population decrease of -365,795 inhabitants due to a natural decrease (-31,052) and ” a negative internal migratory balance (-389,638).

The West has seen its population increase (35,868) despite the loss of residents due to a negative domestic migration balance (-144,941). Growth in the West is due to natural increase (143,082) and a positive international migration balance (38,347).

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