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Housing crisis, pandemic reshaping Southern California population

The Orange County Register, April 1, 2022

April 1, 2022

Housing crisis, pandemic reshaping Southern California population

Los Angeles County’s population has been declining for the past few years, but this most recent drop was the largest yet. “We’ve heard a lot about people leaving California because of affordability issues, so that’s part of it, but with the emergence of working from home, there’s a new angle to that process,” said Jan Brueckner, economics [Distinguished] Professor at UC Irvine who’s been researching the work-from-home phenomenon. “In particular, people can leave high-housing-cost areas and keep their jobs. They can move to Texas and work remotely in Los Angeles or San Francisco.”