Florida, under Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, was the fastest-growing state in America during 2022, the first time in 65 years the Sunshine State has claimed that title.
Guess which state people cannot leave fast enough?
You got it: California.
The leftist paradise run by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom reported more than 300,000 individual departures last year, according to a Census Bureau report issued last week.
Breitbart News, which reported on the stats, noted that this report marked the third consecutive annual population decline for California, even though births outnumber deaths.
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The Sacramento Bee reported that the population drop in 2020, the first of the negative run, was the first time California ever lost population.
The Bee noted that the actual population decline in the Golden State was about 114,000 between 2021 and 2022.
Yet surplus births and an influx of immigrants helped offset the mass exodus from California.
Overall, as 2022 ends, 343,230 people called themselves former Californians.
Across the U.S., the South grew the most in the past year, Breitbart noted, as residents fled other states. On the plus side were Florida, with the fastest growth, followed by Texas and North Carolina.
On the other end, in losing the most residents were the Democratic strongholds of California, New York, and Illinois.
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The Bee claimed that exorbitant housing costs were the main thing driving people out of California.
Yet crime, illegal immigration, homelessness, and general woke policies — such as mandates for everything from electric cars, to COVID masks to the number of women and minorities on corporate boards — surely figure into why people are fleeing for more conservative locations.
The three-year run of departures surely must sting Newsom, who has been floated by the left as a possible successor or challenger to Democratic President Joe Biden in 2024, yet who also watches as his state shrinks while the biggest population gains go to states run by Republican rivals like DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.