SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s inhabitants shrank for the second 12 months in a row in 2021 because the nation’s most populous state was hit by declining delivery charges, increased deaths from the pandemic and fewer folks transferring into the state from elsewhere within the U.S., officers mentioned Monday.
California misplaced 117,552 folks in 2021, placing its inhabitants to 39,185,605, the California Division of Finance mentioned. That is nonetheless the most important state inhabitants within the nation forward of second-place Texas.
However after years of regular inhabitants progress for California that put it near having 40 million residents, the state’s inhabitants is again to the place it was in 2016.
State officers blamed the loss on a declining delivery fee for California coupled with a rise in deaths, principally due to COVID-19.
Additionally, fewer persons are transferring to California from different states and state officers have mentioned that federal immigration insurance policies have drastically curtailed the variety of folks transferring to the state from different nations.
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California’s inhabitants declined for the first time in 2020, the results of a multi-year slow-down in progress that led to the state losing a seat in Congress after the 2020 U.S. Census.
Thirty-four of the state’s 58 counties misplaced folks final 12 months. They included Los Angeles County — the nation’s most populous, with 9.8 million residents — and San Diego and Orange counties. They’re three of probably the most populous counties within the nation.
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