California exodus? Avoidance is the bigger problem, study shows.
The number of Californians exiting the Golden State continues to tick up. But it’s the drop in the number of people moving in that has made the biggest difference.
All 58 California counties have experienced a decline in the number of people moving in from out of state since the end of March 2020, according to the California Policy Lab. The steepest declines in in-migration occurred in San Francisco, Santa Clara, and San Mateo.
“The public’s attention has been focused on the so-called ‘CalExodus’ phenomenon, but the reality is that the dramatic drop in ‘CalEntrances’ since the pandemic began has been a bigger driver of recent population changes in the state,” said the report’s co-author, Natalie Holmes.
Combined with an increased California exit rate of 12%, “population loss due to domestic migration has more than doubled since the beginning of the pandemic,” according to the report.
In 52 of the 58 counties, the exit rate also increased. Another recent study highlights record population loss in California's most populous cities.
Read the report here.