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Purple states develop, whilst California, Illinois and NY shrink: census

WASHINGTON D.C.: Red states, such as Texas and Florida, are increasing in population, while blue states are shrinking during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the largest declines occurring in Washington D.C. and Democratic-led states, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data.

Between 2020 and 2021, the country has seen the lowest population growth since its founding, with only a 0.1 percent increase, the report added.

Washington D.C. topped the list with a decline of 2.9 percent of its population since the census was taken in April 2020, followed by New York with a 1.6 percent decline, Illinois with a 0.9 percent decline, and Hawaii and California, which both saw a 0.7 percent decline.

Meanwhile, the states that saw the largest increase in population growth were Republican-run states, starting with Idaho registering a 2.9 percent increase, followed by Utah with 1.7 percent, Montana with 1.7 percent, Arizona at 1.4 percent and South Carolina with 1.2 percent.

Republican-led Florida and Texas each saw a population growth of one percent.

The largest gains in domestic migration were in Florida with 220,890, followed by Texas and Arizona. The largest domestic migration losses were in California, which lost 367,299 residents, followed by New York and Illinois.

Former residents of large cities who recently moved to Florida attributed their decision to rising crime, taxes, and government overreach.

“The taxes I was paying in Cook County were getting really insane. My property tax went up $1,000 in one year. And I realized that that trend was going to continue,” said Paula Miller, a former Chicago-area resident, adding that she feels “truly safe” in Florida because Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, “is a law-and-order governor,” as reported by Fox News.

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“It’s an opportunity to live outside, as well as get some tax benefits,” said former New Jersey resident Warren Cohn, who now lives in Miami. “And also, it’s a state that has various freedoms. I think that the governor has done a good job here allowing people to decide what’s comfortable or not for themselves,” according to Fox News.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for California Gov. Gavin Newsom told Fox News last week that “the California exodus is a myth.”

California’s economy grew at a 4.7 percent annual rate in the past quarter-century, compared with 4 percent U.S. growth, and more recently, California’s economy expanded at 3.9 percent annually in the last 5 years vs 2.9 percent annually.”