Under Newsom, California sees population decline for first time in more than century

(The Center Square) – California, the state that has led population growth nationally for the last 170 years, reported a population loss under Gov. Gavin Newsom for the first time since 1850, according to newly published Census Bureau data.

Until 2020, California had gained population in every year since 1900.

Increasing taxes, restrictive policies on businesses and ongoing lockdowns have led individuals and Silicon Valley companies to exit the Golden State in record numbers over the last two years, but in 2020 for the first time California lost 70,000 residents on net.