Housing, Crime, Regulation Are Pushing Californians to Texas and Florida

California dreamstime xxl 162480062 b

The number of ex-Californians keeps growing. The state lost 343,230 residents in 2021-22, says the Census Bureau. How could this happen? Isn’t California, as “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” insists, “the place you ought to be”?

Apparently a growing number of people no longer feel that way.

It’s not on its own not catastrophic when less than 1% of the residents of a state pack up and leave. But when a state loses more than it gains — California’s net loss from July 2021 to July 2022 was nearly 114,000 — and it’s part of a trend, then there’s reason for concern.

Nothing contained in this blog is to be construed as necessarily reflecting the views of the Pacific Research Institute or as an attempt to thwart or aid the passage of any legislation.

Scroll to Top