By the end of 2021, California will be home to the most people living in any state on earth.
That’s thanks in part to its state-of-the-art transportation infrastructure, its massive population, and its thriving economy.
But it’s also thanks to the way California has always operated: In a few short years, its population will shrink, and it’ll have less of a say in the future of its once-vibrant economy.
The state is home to more than 1.2 million residents.
Of those, more than 900,000 are residents of Los Angeles, and more than 600,000 live in the San Gabriel Valley, which encompasses the state’s two largest cities.
And even though the population of the entire state is estimated at more than 2.3 million, California has a population of just under 635,000.
To give you an idea of how many people live in each of those cities, here’s how the numbers break down: Los Angeles: 1.16 million San Gabriel: 1,906,000 Santa Ana: 1