Los Angeles Times
The California dream has been fading for a long time, and people have been voting with their feet.
In the last few years, the exodus has accelerated, with tens of thousands more people leaving than moving in.
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted even more people to give up on the state, experts say. Some have retreated to their hometowns elsewhere because they lost their livelihoods. Others are taking advantage of working remotely to escape the state’s high housing prices and long commutes.