Is California gaining or losing population?
Depends on how you look at it. California is losing residents to other states and as the population ages, but those losses are being more than offset by new births and foreign-born immigration. The number of Californians is still increasing, but our once-robust growth rate has slowed.1
What states are Californians moving to?
Elon Musk is not the only person threatening to leave California. Dissatisfied residents have left in a minor exodus in recent years. In 2019, more than half a million Californians moved to Texas, alone.2
Is everyone moving out of California?
In the second quarter of 2019, the San Francisco Bay Area topped Los Angeles, Washington and Chicago when it came to people leaving major U.S. cities. It was second only to New York City.3