These are relatively recent numbers:

There are declining states, but not many. The Dakotas used to
regularly decline, or at least be near the bottom in growth, but
lately they've been attracting people with their natural gas boom.

While Torrance may or may not be most people's idea of a great place
to live, the San Francisco Bay area (toward the other end of the
state) is almost universally regarded as being an incredibly pleasant
(albeit expensive) place to live, with comfortable weather year-round
and of course Stanford and Silicon Valley for the academic and/or
high-tech entrepreneurial types. Like New York, the incomes tend to
be higher to more-or-less compensate for the high cost of living.

Of course California is much more politically liberal and Texas much
more politically conservative, so if that matters to you, then there's
that. But this is not a big enough factor to make California actually
lose population. (If the reference to "how that population is
increasing" is immigration (legal or otherwise) from Mexico, well,
California and Texas both get a lot of that.)

And now we should stop talking about this before we incur David's
wrath. *ducks*


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