California's population keeps declining, US census data shows

While many parts of the United States are under severe weather alerts due to a powerful winter storm that is disrupting Christmas travel and bringing plunging temperatures, those in California got quite the opposite as many parts of the Golden State enjoyed sunny skies and a warm forecast for the holiday. 

But the nation's most populous state continues to shrink, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Latest figures released last week showed California’s resident population at 39,029,342 in July 2022, a decline of more than 113,000 since July 2021 and down more than a half-million people since July 2020. New York also experienced a significant decline.

Nationwide, the U.S. population increased by 0.4%, or 1,256,003, to 333,287,557 in 2022, the Census Bureau said.

"There was a sizeable uptick in population growth last year compared to the prior year’s historically low increase," Kristie Wilder, a demographer with the Census Bureau, said in a statement. "A rebound in net international migration, coupled with the largest year-over-year increase in total births since 2007, is behind this increase."

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Among the country's largest states, Texas and Florida continue to see the most significant growth, data showed.

Increasing by 470,708 people since July 2021, Texas was the largest-gaining state in the nation, reaching a total population of 30,029,572. 

Texas now joins only one other state- California - as the only states with a population of above 30 million residents.

The South, the most populous region with a resident population of 128,716,192, was the fastest-growing and the largest-gaining region last year, increasing by 1.1%, or 1,370,163.

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These were the top 5 most populous states of 2022:

  1. California
  2. Texas
  3. Florida
  4. New York
  5. Pennsylvania