Californians leaving Golden State, growth rate at record low

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Matt Frinzi, 68, poses with his dog, Whitey, and his car filled with his belongings, in West Sacramento, California, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. Prinzi has lived in California for 25 years. But Tuesday he officially moved to Reno, Nevada. He said his quality of life has deteriorated so much in California that he wanted to leave. California saw its slowest growth rate on record for the nation’s most populous state, adding just 21,200 people during the year that ended in July, state officials said Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Adam Beam)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State officials say California’s population growth has slowed to the lowest rate on record. For the third year in a row, more people left the state than moved there.

The result was a net migration loss of 135,600 people. People left the state in similar numbers as they did last year. but far fewer people moved to California, especially from April to June, when the state was under a stay-at-home order because of the pandemic.

The latest population estimate came on Wednesday from the state Department of Finance and covers the change from July 1, 2019, to July 1, 2020. California’s population grew 0.05% because the state added 156,600 people when births and deaths were included in the tally.

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