William (aka Bill the Godfather)

William (aka Bill the Godfather)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

California: The Great Exodus

For decades after World War II, California was a destination for Americans in search of a better life. In many people’s minds, it was the state with more jobs, more space, more sunlight, and more opportunity. They voted with their feet, and California grew spectacularly (its population increased by 137 percent between 1960 and 2010). However, this golden age of migration into the state is over. For the past two decades, California has been sending more people to other American states than it receives from them. Since 1990, the state has lost nearly 3.4 million residents through this migration.

This study describes the great ongoing California exodus, using data from the Census, the Internal Revenue Service, the state’s Department of Finance, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and other sources. We map in detail where in California the migrants come from, and where they go when they leave the state. We then analyze the data to determine the likely causes of California’s decline and the lessons that its decline holds for other states.

The data show a pattern of movement over the past decade from California mainly to states in the western and southern U.S.: Texas, Nevada, and Arizona, in that order, are the top magnet states. Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Idaho, and Utah follow. Rounding out the top ten are two southern states: Georgia and South Carolina.
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HT: Bill (aka The Godfather)

2 comments:

Matthew M said...

My cousin and her husband moved to Idaho in June. They are overjoyed to be out of this mess. I'm planning my exit in the next 2 years. Never thought I'd say that.

Anonymous said...

Yes. Spread the infection ( low taxes, high economic growth,(hm), low education, etc;etc;), further. It should be good for the country.