19 Reasons Why Americans Are Leaving California

By Mike Fishmore | May 21, 2024

Recent survey

California has been viewed as a land of promise for ambitious Americans seeking to enhance their lives. 

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However, a recent survey indicates that up to 40% of Californians are contemplating relocating from the state. Here are 21 explanations for why individuals are choosing to depart California.

Public education system

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California's public education system, once a model for the nation, has now faced challenges due to inadequate public funding, strikes, and overcrowded classrooms. These factors have contributed to a bleak portrayal of the current state of the system. A report from the Center for Cities and Schools at UC Berkeley in 2012 indicated a requirement of $117 billion for investment in state school facilities.