According to U.S. Census Bureau data, both California and New York have witnessed a “six-figure” population loss since 2020.
Despite the fact that the U.S. resident population increased by 0.4 percent, or 1,256,003, over the previous year, late December figures revealed that blue states suffered.
Indeed, both California and New York are among the top five most populated states in the US, yet both have witnessed six-figure declines since 2020.
New York had a population of 20,201,230 on April 1, 2020. This fell to 19,857,492 on July 1, 2021, and decreased even further to 19,677,151 in July 2022.
Similarly, California lost a considerable number of people, with a population of 39,538,245 on April 1, 2020. This fell to 39,142,991 on July 1, 2021, only to decline even more a year later to 39,029,342.
According to the research, eighteen states witnessed population declines last year, with blue states suffering the greatest numerical losses:
“In 2022, eighteen states recorded a population loss, compared to 15 and DC the previous year. California, with a population of 39,029,342, and Illinois, with a population of 12,582,032, both saw six-figure population declines. The dropping populations of both states were mostly owing to net domestic outmigration, which totaled 343,230 and 141,656, respectively.”
New York also had the greatest percentage fall – 0.9 percent. California witnessed a 0.3 percent drop.
Texas and Florida are the two states with the highest numerical growth rates, both well into the six-figure range.
According to the report:
“Texas grew by 470,708 people since July 2021, becoming the nation’s fastest-growing state, with a total population of 30,029,572. Texas joined California as the only states with a population of more than 30 million people after breaking the 30-million mark this year. Last year, Texas had growth from all three components: net foreign migration (118,614), net domestic migration (230,961), and natural increase (118,159).”
“Florida was also the second-fastest-growing state, after only Texas, with a population growth of 416,754 people. Net migration was the most significant contributor to Florida’s growth, accounting for 444,484 new residents. New York saw the greatest yearly numerical and percentage population drop, falling by 180,341 (-0.9%). The major contributor to the state’s population reduction was net domestic migration (-299,557).”
California’s loss is notable since Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom has aggressively attacked red state governors while encouraging citizens of other states to travel to California, including in his Fourth of July speech last year, to no avail:
We’re about to celebrate Independence Day — but Freedom is under attack by Republican leaders in states like Florida.
Making it harder to vote.
Criminalizing women and doctors.
It’s time to stand up. Don’t let them take your freedom. pic.twitter.com/cFI5UzgZzX
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 3, 2022
Newsom also spent the year attacking Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), seeking to persuade the public that they are frauds:
In our new series of — Hypocrite or Fraud?…
It's back to school for Florida today, where their Governor loves to rail against vaccine mandates.
But what he–and all the GOP leaders–fail to mention is that every single red state already mandates vaccines for their schools. pic.twitter.com/UA2LAunZou
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) August 10, 2022
DeSantis won a second term in Florida by over 1.5 million votes, while Abbott won by more than 887,000 votes over Democrat Beto O’Rourke.