January 11, 2013

FROM THE GOLDEN STATE TO THE GOLDEN-YEARS STATE: A California Drought: Not Enough Children. “In 1970, six years after the end of the baby boom, children made up more than one-third of California’s population. By 2030, they will account for just one-fifth, according to projections by lead author Dowell Myers, a USC demographer. . . . California’s demographic shift mirrors that of many Northeast and Midwest states, including New York, Massachusetts, Illinois and Michigan, where the percentage of children fell even more sharply from 2000 to 2010. But unlike those states, California has always relied on migrants from other states and abroad to fuel its economy, and the change represents a new reality for the Golden State.”

Obviously, it’s not being run in a way that makes people want to have kids, or move there.