California’s population reportedly plummeted by 500,000 people between April 2020 and July 2022 as inhabitants deserted the state in droves in search of brighter pastures.
According to the Los Angeles Times, census figures reveal that migration out of the state outnumbered migration into the state by more than 700,000 during a two-year period.
Homelessness, violence, and soaring housing costs have all afflicted California’s largest cities.
Blights which have prompted many inhabitants to leave to neighboring states such as Utah, Nevada, and even Texas.
Despite its population decline, California remains the most populous state in the United States, with 38 million people.
Only New York came close to matching California’s exodus, shedding almost 485,000 inhabitants between 2020 and 2022.
Californians who stay in the state also have been forced to endure regular power interruptions and breakdowns in the future years as state politicians continue to push for renewable energy.
The state’s system is transitioning from natural gas and coal to renewable energy sources like as wind and solar.
Simultaneously, state officials are promoting economic electrification, notably in the transportation sector, through electric car requirements, which is projected to put further strain on the power system.