LOS ANGELES — Deaths from Covid. Aging baby boomers. Fewer children. Restrictions on immigration.
These factors, not to mention the soaring cost of living, are forcing California — long associated in the public imagination as a destination and place of growth — to confront the fact that it is a shrinking state.
For the second time in two years, the California Department of Finance has reported a drop in the state’s population.
California lost 117,552 residents last year, driven largely by the Covid death toll and a sharp drop in foreign immigration. This followed a slightly bigger decline in 2020, when the state lost 182,083 residents — the first time in more than a century that California got smaller.
Officials recorded about 275,000 people leaving California last year, up from about 180,000 in the years before the pandemic. That decline is typically offset by the arrival of immigrants from abroad, but last year that figure plummeted. Before the pandemic, the average annual influx of immigrants was 140,000 people; last year the figure dropped to 43,300.
the state losing a congressional seat for the first time in its 170-year history.
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Gas tax: The price of gas in California will rise by three cents on July 1, The San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Unusual hepatitis cases: At least 10 states, including California, have either identified or are investigating reports of unusual hepatitis cases in otherwise healthy children.
Transgender youth refuge: Democratic lawmakers in more than a dozen states are modeling legal refuge for displaced transgender youth after the bill proposed by State Senator Scott Wiener, The Associated Press reports.
Homelessness crisis: Can California solve homelessness by simply building more places to live? Read more from the Times opinion writer Jay Caspian Kang.
Thinning forest: A federal plan to thin the forest on Pine Mountain has brought lawsuits from the Patagonia clothing company as well as cities and environmental groups, The Los Angeles Times reports.
Sacramento shooting: Prosecutors have filed murder charges for three people involved in April’s mass shooting in the state capital, The Associated Press reports.
What you get
For $5 million: A Spanish-style house in Santa Monica, a 1925 Tudor Revival home in Ojai and a Craftsman-inspired bungalow in Los Gatos.