BERKELEY, Calif. – California’s population growth is slowing, a new report shows, but it’s not because of a mass exodus.
The study by the California Policy Lab in Berkeley shows that fewer people are moving to the Golden State: the rate is down 38% since the start of the pandemic and, it is even higher in the Bay Area where there has been a drop of 45%.
Meanwhile, the number of people leaving the state has increased 12% since March 2020, but that increase over an 18-month period was about the same before the pandemic.
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“Public attention has been focused on the so-called ‘CalExodus’ phenomenon, but the reality is that the dramatic drop in ‘CalEntrances’ since the start of the pandemic has been a bigger factor in recent demographic shifts in the state. Co-author Natalie Holmes, a researcher at the California Policy Lab and a doctoral candidate at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, said in a statement.
Lab executive director Evan White said that although “domestic admissions” are down across California, the Bay Area has seen the biggest drop.
Each county has seen fewer people leave the state since the start of the pandemic, and declines have been particularly marked in San Francisco County (-53%), Santa Clara County (-52%) and County de San Mateo (-48%), the research found.
“The counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara have all lost population to migration for the first time since at least 2016 due to these new patterns,” White said in a statement.
The authors used data from credit bureaus to assess domestic entries and exits since the start of the pandemic.
The most recent research echoes what researchers at UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, as well as Cornell University and Stanford University found in July: Although California Loses Congress Seat For First Time Due To Slow Population Growth, High Cost Of Living And Some Leading Tech Companies Like Hewlett-Packard And Oracle Are Leaving The State, There Is No Evidence an abnormal increase in the number of residents planning to leave the state.
Holmes said they don’t analyze why population growth is slowing.
However, for the record, people have traveled across the country and around the world to work remotely during the pandemic.
So where are they going?
People moving from San Francisco to Texas and Florida jumped 32% and 46%, respectively, earlier this year, Fox Business reported.
the COVID-19[female[feminine the pandemic accelerated migration across the country in 2020 compared to 2019, but particularly from large urban areas like San Francisco and New York to Sunbelt Metro cities like Austin, Dallas and Charlotte, according to a study published on March 31 by real estate group CBRE, citing data from US Postal Service.
One of California’s most prominent movements was Elon Musk, who ditched his Tesla factory in Silicon Valley for one in Austin.