The exodus from the nation’s bluest states continued last year, with California recording its first ever annual population decline in state’s history.
As reported by ABC7:
California’s population fell by more than 182,000 people in 2020, marking the first year-over-year loss ever recorded for the nation’s most populous state.
State officials announced Friday that California’s population dipped 0.46% to just under 39.5 million people from January 2020 to January 2021.
The news comes one week after the U.S. Census Bureau announced a paltry population growth for California, resulting in the state losing a congressional seat for the first time because it grew more slowly than other states over the past decade.
The other states that lost a Congressional seat were Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Hilariously, New York wouldn’t have lost a seat if there population count were only 89 people higher.
Texas will pick up two seats. Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon will also gain one seat each. On net balance, states that voted for Biden will lose three seats in the House as a result of the 2020 census. This is all a reflection of the trend of blue states are losing residents due to migration.
The current split in the House with Democrats holding 218 seats and Republicans holding 212, a Democrat majority of six seats. However, because tie votes fail in the House, it reduces the Democrat majority to two votes (as losing three votes on a bill would lead to a 215-215 tie), and effectively blocks them from passing any of their most progressive legislation.
As great as it is to see blue states losing influence, those residents fleeing will likely vote for the same exact policies that caused them to leave.
Matt Palumbo is the author of Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New York, Debunk This: Shattering Liberal Lies, and Spygate
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