Newly released census data shows more people left California than moved in for the seventh straight year. It seems to be losing some of California’s shine for some people who are opting to pack up and move to other states, KNTV reported.

Approximately 691,000 people moved from California to another state in 2018. And about 501,000 people moved from another state into California over the same time period.

More than 86,000 people left California for Texas, nearly 70,000 left for Arizona, and about 55,000 left for Washington, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey.

Fifty-two percent of registered voters, in a recent University of California, Berkeley poll, said  they’ve considered leaving the state for some of the following reasons:

  • 71% cite the high cost of housing
  • 58% cite high taxes
  • 46% cite political culture 

“Concerns about the high cost of housing span virtually every demographic, regional, and political subgroup of the state’s registered voters,” Mark DiCamillo, director of the Berkeley IGS Poll, said.

He also said that younger voters were more likely to worry about the high cost of housing than voters over 65.

From 2015 to 2017, California saw a net loss of between 129,000 and 143,000 residents to domestic migration each year, according to census estimates. However, the state’s population continues to grow though relatively slowly due to migration from abroad and births, The Sacramento Bee reported.

According to the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, the state is adding people at the higher income level, with most of them moving to the Bay Area, according to KNTV.

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