Declining migration and falling birthrates have led to a drop in the number of children in California just as baby boomers reach retirement, creating an economic and demographic challenge for the nation's most populous state.
"After decades of burgeoning population and economic growth…the state now faces a very different prospect," said a report released Tuesday by the University of Southern California and the Lucile Packard Foundation. The report, "California's Diminishing Resource: Children," analyzed data from the 2010 census and the American Community Survey to conclude that the trend marks a "historic transition" for the state.
With California's high cost of living, high taxes, and high unemployment rate, it's no wonder young families are heading elsewhere. A young family earning median San Diego County income can't come close to buying a house in Encinitas.
All of this raises the question: where is all this alleged population growth that SANDAG is using to force high-density development on Encinitas?