California on Track To Lose Five House Seats in 2030 as Residents Leave

California governor Gavin Newsom (D.) (Getty Images)
September 20, 2023

California is projected, based on population trends, to lose five House seats in the 2030 reapportionment process.

The solidly Democratic state is losing residents, and projections based on the Census Bureau's 2022 numbers show the state could lose significant representation in Washington over the next decade. California lost more than 138,000 residents last year. San Francisco lost 7.1 percent of its population.

The state "is now predicted to lose five congressional districts in the 2030 reapportionment cycle," election data website Decision Desk reported Tuesday.

California lost a seat for the first time in 2021. Texas gained two seats and Florida one in the same cycle.

The numbers are the latest sign of struggles in the country's most populated state.

Soaring crime in Los Angeles pushed the liberal city council last month to allocate hundreds of millions of dollars toward police salaries, despite years ago cutting the budget amidst the defund the police movement.

San Francisco is on track to hit its deadliest year of drug overdoses since the city began counting in 2020.

Marc Benioff, cofounder and CEO of Salesforce, said last month that his company may be hosting its final "Dreamforce" tech conference in San Francisco this year, pointing to attendees' fears about safety in the city because of drugs and homelessness.