Census Bureau: California’s population continues to decline

A large amount of immigrants helped partially offset the number of people leaving the Golden State.

California’s population has dipped to its lowest count since 2015, according to the latest data from the Census Bureau. 

The Golden State lost around 75,000 people from 2022 to 2023, bringing the population down below 39 million people. 


The big picture: Though the state’s population has been declining since its peak of 39.5 million in 2019, the annual loss has been slowing down each year. 

  • Around 338,000 people moved to other states than moved into California from July 2022 to July 2023. 
  • However, Californians leaving the state was partially offset by immigration. California posted a net of 151,000 people who moved to the state from another country – second only to Florida. 
  • While 110,000 people died in California from July 2022 to July 2023, there were 318,000 babies born in the state. 
  • Only eight states lost population. New York led the nation with a loss of around 102,000 people, which is a 0.5 percent decrease. 
  • South Carolina grew by 1.7 percent, and Florida, Texas and Idaho also saw their populations increase by over one percent. 
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