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California's population fell again amid pandemic's 2nd year

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Posted at 12:32 PM, May 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-02 15:32:28-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials have announced that California's population shrank in 2021 for the second year in a row.

The drops mark the first time ever that the population of the nation's most populous state has declined. That's according to a new estimate from the California Department of Finance.

State officials say California lost 117,552 people in 2021, giving it a population of just over 39 million residents. California is still far ahead of Texas, which is No. 2 for population in the U.S.

California officials blame the loss on a declining birth rate and more deaths because of the pandemic. Also, fewer people are moving from other states to California.