Is California Over?



For well over a century, California was synonymous with the American dream. By the early 1960s, it had become the most populous state in the country. Now its population is declining for the first time in recorded history—The reasons behind California’s decline aren’t hard to fathom.
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California ranks 8th in combined state and local tax burdens, forcing residents to kick in an effective rate of 11.5 percent of their income just for being alive. What do they get in return? Public schools that rank 37th in the country, insanely expensive housing, rolling blackouts, and power shortages. An above-average violent crime rate and the nation’s highest poverty rate.

Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a recall election in the fall partly due to his hypocrisy regarding his own stringent lockdown rules. Rather than grapple with his state’s sinking status, he has chosen instead to deny reality.

As California loses a congressional seat, Texas is picking up two; demographers predict it may become the most populous state by 2045. Texas may not have the beaches, the forests, the celebrities, or the glamour. It’ll just have the jobs, the companies, the forward momentum, and the people.

Produced by Regan Taylor; written and narrated by Nick Gillespie. 

Music Credit: “You Wanted so Much More Than That—Instrumental,” by Assaf Ayalon

48 comments

  1. This guy ignores the facts that the whole US economy has been surviving on counterfeit money for 13 years and there are 40 million people in California in a mild climate that makes living on the streets bearable. Put that all together and it spells TROUBLE.

  2. California will suffer the ‘big one’ after the final revival is over,Gods pushing people out for a reason just like he is from NY the 2 most sinful states that will suffer the greatest wrath of God

  3. "Texas ranked third in the United States for the number of residents moving out of state (467,338) in 2017. The most popular out-of-state relocation destination for Texans was California (40,999). Let’s put this exodus from Texas into perspective vis-a-vis California.

    Texas had a population in 2017 of 28.32 million. On a per capita basis then, the percent of people leaving Texas was 0.016. California lost just over 661,000 people to domestic migration in the 12 months ended in July 2017. Given California’s population in 2017 of 39.4 million, the per capita basis of people leaving California was 0.016, approximately the same rate as in Texas.

    The reasons people leave California have received considerable national attention, and the cost of living coupled with our progressive environment are two key reasons why low income, conservative people without college degrees are moving to Texas. On the other hand, high income, educated Texans move to California where they will enjoy the opportunity to prosper in the fastest growing economy in the USA, where most innovation in the US occurs, and where culture and beauty abound.

    Simple cost of living averages do not address the quality of life, and the quality of the goods or services available, and Texas does not offer anything close to what California offers. Consider, the average lifespan in TX- 78.5; average income in TX – $59,206; 18.5 percent of Texas residents, aged over 25 years, held a Bachelor’s degree; and the suicide rate was 13.0 per 100,000 in Texas. Whereas in California, average lifespan in CA – 80.9; average income in CA – $71,805; 21.3 percent of Californian residents, aged over 25 years, held a Bachelor’s degree; and the suicide rate was 11.1 per 100,000 in California. Moreover, California is the world’s fifth largest economy, surpassing many countries with much larger populations. Texas has the 10th largest economy in the world. Whereas California leads innovation in the world, economically and socially, Texas is known for oil and finance, stultifying old industries, and is socially regressive led by Republican politicians like Rafael Cruz. California per-capita GDP was $58,619 in 2016, whereas per capita income for Texas was $29,525 in 2017. But those are numbers, and we must also consider quality from a cognitive point of view."

  4. These Californians aren't leaving fast enough. No water, traffic is still shitty. way to many people.

  5. The truth is that California will always be first ; like every human, it has its own failings but these failings is what makes California thick and best place to live in; Not even Texas can convince me to leave California ; love my calfornia

  6. Keep living in your California Paradise, LOL I'll put up with all the massive water and snow I have here in the Northeast

  7. FL has much better beach then CA and we have the everglades and tropical weather so yeah idk where this dude gets we lack Environmental beauty

  8. The people in power NEED to stop letting people move here. Please, for the love of god. There’s homeless people everywhere, crime’s out the roof, and celebrities + house flippers are driving up the housing prices to such a point where it’s impossible to move out. All the groceries are going up higher and higher, a pound of chicken is five dollars. We can’t afford to live in our own state anymore, the rich have ruined it.

  9. Luke 10:10-12
    [10]But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say,
    [11]‘The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’
    [12]But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city. Woe to the Impenitent Cities

  10. Corrupts state city and federal agencies corrupt federal judges corrupt state judges the whole places is the third world country

  11. Its funny how we all of a sudden dont know how to fight forest fires in 2021. Seems like land clearing going on for a expecting buyer..

  12. California has been over for a long time. I have lived here in the Golden State for 50 years and watched it declined steadily. All we have in the state now is uncontrollable crime, an insane amount of homeless, absolutely no jobs and taxes so high that every company and small business has either left or fallen into bankruptcy. Not to mention the fact that the state and its cities are so filthy that is absolutely disgusting the walk around in public. I find it laughable to hear celebrities talk about how wonderful it is here. Their millions of dollars support the crap weasel left-wing politicians that turned this state into a third world country. These people and the big tech Giants in silicon valley prop up these politicians and they might be rich but, it's because they turn us into the impoverished. Simply put, this is an elitist state filled with Hollywood celebrities and big social media tech Giants that live off of us and look down their nose at the common people. As far as I'm concerned, these people are the biggest problem and they need a taste of their own medicine.

  13. Earthquake? Hold my "wine" said the politicians combined …. 35 years of profiteering by the confiscatory theocracy called a totally pure Democracy or mob rule ..yet ''
    we're not invited to any party .. this generation is the last …

  14. Ummm…Texas may not have the beaches and the forests? Don't tell that to the beaches and forests in Texas.

  15. The California Franchise Tax Board is stealing my stimulus money I have 3 years of overpayment that they refused to address they just want to make commission and steal people's money the California Franchise Tax Board it's stealing my federal stimulus money

  16. Texas has some beautiful beaches. I think Texas and Florida are beautiful states. California is slovenly and ugly due to gov't policies.

  17. Good riddance 🌆 we’ll keep our CA ID & home address so that we can still #vote by mail even when work takes us out of state on location. Cali grown optimists are busy defining, innovating, and creating the future. The #CAComeback isn’t dependent on population growth, rather developing innovative solutions to world’s greatest challenges. See you on the flip side.

  18. Watch out for “California exodus” media hype. People are not fleeing California, they are getting pushed out. All of California’s problems are caused by OVERPOPULATION. California is the most populous state in America. We have more people than the entire countries of Australia and Canada. People from all around the world and within the US want to move to California where they compete for access to high paying jobs and quality housing. Over the last 40 years, this increase in demand for California residency coupled with the limited supply of housing has dramatically driven up the cost of living. Unfortunately, the more people that move into this state, the more people get pushed out or simply become homeless.

    The 20 million California Native Born are not causing our overpopulation problem—it is the result of irresponsible Californian policies that allowed for the largely unregulated settlement of 10 million people from other countries and 10 million people from other states.

    If you want to save California, please do not move here. And if you already have moved here, please consider moving to another state. California has exceeded its carrying capacity. We do not need anymore people living here. We’re full.

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