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US residents bolt from California, Midwest

The US Census Bureau released data on population and migration trends from July 2007 to July 2008this week. What is most interesting is the trend in net domestric migration, which tracks what states lost or gained US residents based on the ones that moved.

While California added 379,132 over the last year, almost all of this growth was from natural births (net of deaths). More than half of this growth (196,330) came from international migration. California lost 144,061 people from net domestic outmigration (in-movers minus out-movers). New York State also lost big in net domestic outmigration, follwed by Michigan, New Jersey, Illinois, and Ohio. Florida, most likely battered by the burst of the housing bubble and financial crisis, lost almost 10,000 people on net, the first time this state has seen net domestic outmigration since 1970.

Here are the top ten "losers":

1 .California -144,061
2 .New York -126,209
3 .Michigan -109,257
4 .New Jersey -56,208
5 .Illinois -52,349
6 .Ohio -49,752
7 .Maryland -32,161
8 .Massachusetts -18,675
9 .Connecticut -14,985
10 .Pennsylvania -11,462

The big gainers in net domestic mimgration from 2007 to 2008 were:

1 .Texas 140,862
2 .North Carolina 98,074
3 .Arizona 62,980
4 .Georgia 56,674
5 .South Carolina 49,736
6 .Washington 40,588
7 .Colorado 36,878
8 .Tennessee 31,198
9 .Oregon 24,756
10 .Utah 17,605
11 .Nevada 16,316

Samuel Staley is Research Fellow


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