California's population declined last year for the first time ever. Here's why
A real estate sign is seen in front of a house for sale in West Los Angeles on November 19, 2020. - CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/TNS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For the first time in state history, California's population declined in 2020. The milestone followed a deadly pandemic, a long-term decline in births and former President Donald Trump's immigration policies that drove away potential newcomers, according to the California Department of Finance. That combination contributed to a population decline of 182,083 residents, according to new data released by the state on Friday. That marks a .46% decline in the state's population, keeping it under 40 million residents. The new data comes after the U.S. Census Bureau announced las...