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Report: Over 500,000 Americans Fled California Since 2020

They’re no longer California Dreamin’.

More than 500,000 people fled the Golden State since 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic began, US Census migration data shows.

The exodus of roughly 508,000 residents between April 2020 and July 2022 was spurred by high housing prices, too-frequent natural disasters like wildfires and mudslides, and high crime rates in the cities, the Daily Mail reported Saturday.

The largest population declines were in San Francisco county, at 7.1 percent and Lassen county, at 7.5 percent. 

Lassen County, in northwest California, was hit my the massive Dixie wildfire in 2021.

The ongoing housing affordability crisis is a key factor in the exodus, H.D. Palmer, deputy director of external affairs at the California Department of Finance, told the Sacramento Bee.

High crime in cities like San Francisco have spurred residents to leave.Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

In Sacramento, a household salary of around $145,000 is required to afford the median-priced house in the region, yet the average income is no more than $71,000.

In San Francisco, which many tec …

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