“In the past two years, there’s been a contentious debate over whether California — and the Bay Area in particular — is experiencing a “mass exodus.”
Indeed, recent census data confirms that the San Francisco-Berkeley-Oakland metro area lost more than 100,000 people from 2020 to 2021, showing a “notable” population decline. While publications, including SFGATE, have covered residents relocating to Texas, Arizona or Florida, most Californians are migrating to other California cities. They’re also flocking to a small, unassuming one in particular.
Palm Springs — once known as a retirement community — is a quiet desert town that’s actually gaining new residents in their 20s, 30s and 40s, according to moveBuddha, census data and Coachella Valley real estate agents. Redfin agent Kimberlee Morgan says that her clients are typically retirees and secondary homeowners, but the area’s atmosphere and housing market is swiftly changing.,,”