Blue states of California and New York see ‘six-figure’ population declines
California and New York have both seen “six-digit” population declines since 2020, according to data from the US Census Bureau.
Although the US resident population grew by 0.4%, or 1,256,003, over the past year, data from late December revealed that blue states had suffered.
Indeed, California and New York are considered rank among the five most populous states overall, but both have seen six-figure losses since 2020.
As of April 1, 2020, New York had a population of 20,201,230. This decreased to 19,857,492 on July 1, 2021, and it fell further to 19,677,151 in July 2022.
Similarly, California also suffered a significant loss, with a population of 39,538,245 on April 1, 2020. It fell to 39,142,991 on July 1, 2021, only to drop even further – to 39,029,342 – a year later. .
A total of eighteen states saw their populations shrink last year, with blue states being the biggest losers numerically, according to the report:
Eighteen states experienced population declines in 2022, compared to 15 and CC the previous year. California, with a population of 39,029,342, and Illinois, with a population of 12,582,032, also saw six-digit declines in resident population. The decline in the populations of the two states was largely due to net internal emigration, totaling 343,230 and 141,656, respectively.
New York also saw the largest drop in percentage terms – 0.9%. California saw a 0.3% decline.
Texas and Florida are the two states that saw the biggest increase in numerical growth, both well into the six-figure range.
According to the report:
Growing by 470,708 people since July 2021, Texas was the nation’s fastest-growing state, reaching a total population of 30,029,572. By crossing the 30 million population threshold last year, Texas joined California as the only state with a resident population over 30 million. Growth in Texas last year was fueled by gains in all three components: net internal migration (230,961), net international migration (118,614) and natural increase (118,159).
He [Florida] was also the second-highest earning state behind Texas, with a population increase of 416,754. Net migration was the main component of the change in Florida’s growth, adding 444,484 residents. New York saw the largest annual decline in number and percentage of population, with a drop of 180,341 (-0.9%). Net inward migration (-299,557) was the main component of the state’s population decline.
California’s loss is particularly notable, as Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has sharply criticized red state governors as encouraging residents of those states to flock to California, even in his July 4 message last year, to no avail:
We are about to celebrate Independence Day, but freedom is under attack from Republican leaders in states like Florida.
Limitation of speech.
Make it harder to vote.
Criminalize women and doctors.
It’s time to get up. Don’t let them take your freedom. pic.twitter.com/cFI5UzgZzX
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 3, 2022
Newsom has also spent his year criticizing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (right) and Texas Governor Greg Abbott (right), particularly in an attempt to convince the public that they are frauds:
In our new series of — Hypocrite or Fraud?…
It’s back to school day for Florida today, where their governor loves to oppose vaccination mandates.
But what he — and all the GOP leaders — fail to mention is that every red state already mandates vaccines for their schools. pic.twitter.com/UA2LAunZou
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) August 10, 2022
DeSantis won his re-election in Florida by about 1.5 million votes, and Abbott also won his, beat Democrat Beto O’Rourke by more than 887,000 votes.