Thursday, April 08, 2021
"Early in the 1990s, Time magazine published a lurid cover " the sun setting into a blood-red sea " fronting a special edition devoted to the decline and fall of the great Golden State. "California," the sorrowful headline read. "The endangered dream." Alas, it was sadly suggested, far too many people wished to live here. "The problem comes down to California's rapid population growth, doesn't it?" then-Gov. Pete Wilson was asked in an interview. "Is there anything you can do to slow the population inflow?" Today, it is gleefully asserted, too many people are fleeing.
"The nonpartisan California Policy Lab found that most people who moved in 2020 remained within the state, many trading city life for more suburban or rural areas. The well-to-do weren't jetting off to spread their lucre elsewhere, parching Sacramento's coffers. In fact, they were more likely to stay put than those of lesser means.
There was an uptick in movement from the state. In the final quarter of 2020, 139,000 more people departed California than arrived, a droplet of humanity " 0.35% " in a sea of 40 million residents. Though growth has been slowing in recent years, owing in good part to decreased birthrates and less immigration, the state's population has, since 1900, moved inexorably upward."
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