San Mateo County saw its population decline by about 24,500 people, or 3.2%, from July 2020 to July 2021, numbers consistent with those seen nationwide as urban coastal areas initially emptied. of the pandemic, according to the US Census. Desk.
The county’s population grew from 762,453 to 737,888, according to the census.
And other census data released this week breaks down the exodus city by city, revealing that San Mateo and Daly City have some of the most dramatic losses of any major city in the country. Cities are considered large if they have more than 100,000 inhabitants.
San Mateo now has a population of 102,200 and Daly City now has a population of 101,243. The two cities lost 3,108 and 3,428 people respectively during the period, or 3% and 3.2% of their populations which now both hover just above 100,000. The only cities that have lost more of their residents are San Francisco, which lost 6.3%, and New York, which lost 3.5%.
But in the county, several small towns also lost significant numbers. Burlingame, Millbrae, East Palo Alto and Pacifica, with populations ranging from 22,000 to 38,000, each saw a decline of 3.6%. The lowest rate of decrease was recorded in San Carlos with 2.4%.
Also on the shortlist, San Jose lost 2.7% of its residents, reducing its total population to less than one million.
The state’s population fell by 182,083 in 2020 and again by 117,552 last year, down 0.4% and 0.3%, with some of the largest losses in the counties of the Bay Area.
The trend has been widely attributed to rising remote working, housing costs and the desire for less populated areas amid the pandemic, as counties in states such as Arizona, Texas, Florida and Idaho have seen their populations swell.
Of the 15 cities that grew the most between July 2020 and July 2021, five were in Arizona and seven were in the South. The top two cities on the list were in Texas.
The state’s finance department provides more recent data, and while it uses a different mythology, it can show that the local population is already rebounding, with numbers showing the county’s population was back at 744,662 as of beginning of this year.
This data shows that the county’s population only decreased by 0.9% from January 2021 to January 2022, with Redwood City actually gaining 570 people.