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Who’s Leaving California—and Who’s Moving In?

By Hans Johnson, Eric McGhee

The primary driver of California's population loss over the past few years has been residents moving to other states. We examine the latest demographic data for those moving out of and into our state and discuss factors that underlie these decisions.

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2023 Year in Review

By Tani Cantil-Sakauye

President and CEO Tani Cantil-Sakauye reflects on how PPIC has contributed to the policy conversation this past year and highlights the importance of nonpartisan, actionable research in addressing key challenges facing our state.

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Video: Californians and Their Economic Well-Being

By Mary Severance

Researchers Dean Bonner and Deja Thomas discuss key findings from the latest PPIC Statewide Survey, which examines Californians’ views on their own financial situation, the state’s economic outlook, and other topics.

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Low-income and Undocumented Californians Struggle with Mental Health

By Patricia Malagon, Paulette Cha, Shalini Mustala

Nearly one in five low-income adults in California report having serious psychological distress, and those who are undocumented can face barriers to care. California has taken steps to improve access to mental health care, such as expanding Medi-Cal to all low-income residents regardless of age or immigration status, effective January 2024.

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Private Schooling Played a Small Role in Declining Public School Enrollment

By Emmanuel Prunty, Julien Lafortune

Private schooling in California increased substantially during the pandemic. Still, it accounts for a small share of total K–12 enrollment and is not a major factor in public school declines, which are driven largely by broader demographic shifts.

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Multi-unit Housing Is Becoming More Common, but Has Low Homeownership Rates

By Hans Johnson, Eric McGhee

Since 2010, almost half of new housing units built in California have been in multi-unit buildings, a larger share than in previous years. Compared with single-family homes, residences in multi-unit housing are more likely to be rentals and tend not to draw families.

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Large Cities Lose Population even as They Add New Housing

By Hans Johnson

In a major shift, new housing in California now outpaces population growth. We look at what kinds of housing are being built where—and potential implications for affordability and future population patterns.

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Has California’s Independent Registration Boom Ended?

By Eric McGhee

Since 2018, the overall share of independent—or "No Party Preference"—voters has undergone the sharpest reversal in 60 years of registration data. Independent registration has declined most among younger voters.

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