California Sees Slowest Population Growth Since 1900, I wonder Why?

California’s population inched toward 40 million last year, but the state experienced the slowest rate of population growth since 1900.

Except in housing. California is a fabulous place to live — if you’re a millionaire.

More than 158,000 people moved to California over the 12 month period that ended July 1. But more than 197,000 people left.

“I think it’s so important to remember that even when things are tough, we still see a lot of people moving to California,” said Eddie Hunsinger, a demographer with the state Department of Finance.

Well, you know what P.T. Barnum said: one of them is born every minute.

Jobs are plentiful, the economy is OK, but homelessness went up a staggering 16.7 percent and even if you have a job, good luck finding a place you can afford to live.

The migration loss has been a boon to other states, particularly Nevada. Last month, it passed the 3 million population mark as the U.S. Census Bureau ranked it as the fastest-growing state in 2018 — mostly because of Californians moving in.

Robert Lang, executive director of Brookings Mountain West at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said there are more adults in Nevada that were born in California than native Nevadans.

The California infection is spreading. The more Californians that show up in Nevada, the more like California Nevada becomes — Disneyland with casinos.


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