The U.S. Census reports California lost 500,000 residents since 2020, the last census published. At that rate it will lose multiple congressional seats in 2030, the next reapportionment. The state lost one seat in 2020 as it went from 53 to 52 U.S. Congressional representatives, the first loss in the state’s history.
Population experts point to pandemic deaths, declining birth rates and low internal and foreign immigration. Mostly, arrivals have slowed and departures increased.