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

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Posted at 7:02 AM, May 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-04 10:02:35-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State officials 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 coronavirus pandemic.

Also, fewer people are moving from other states to California.