California was once a powerful draw for Americans on the move—a golden land, “west of the west,” in Theodore Roosevelt’s famous phrase, where everything could be better. But that California is no more. Around 1990, after decades of spectacular postwar growth, California began sending more people to other states than it got in return. Since that shift, its population has continued to grow (at a rate near the national average) only because of foreign immigration and a relatively high birthrate. Immigration from other nations, though, is declining, and it is likely that the state’s growth rate may soon fall behind that of the US as a whole. As a magnet of opportunity, the state now pushes out where it once pulled in.Read More
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Source: Gray, T & Scardamalia, R (2012, September), The Great California Exodus: A Closer Look, Manhattan Institute for Policy Analysis.