653,551 folks left California in 2019. Where did they go?

Last year 653,551 Californians relocated to other states with Texas drawing the most transplants while Nevada had the largest share of its population being 2019 newcomers from the Golden State.

Annual state-to-state migration stats from the U.S. Census Bureau reveal that Californians, when they move, like to stay in the West. And while no state lost more residents to other states, California’s 2019 departures equaled only 1.7% of its largest-in-the-nation population. Only two states had smaller shares of moves elsewhere — Michigan and Texas.

Here’s what my trusty spreadsheet, filled with the new interstate migration data for 2019, showed me about the ins and outs of California population …

Where’d they go?

Big moves: Texas was last year’s top spot for California relocations, with 82,235 Golden Staters moving to the Lone Star State. Next was Arizona at 59,713; then Nevada at 47,322; Washington at 46,791; and Oregon at 37,927.

Small ones: Delaware got the fewest Californians, only 161. Next was North Dakota at 404; West Virginia at 940; Vermont at 1,048; and New Hampshire at 1,110.

Hot spots: Now consider these interstate moves vs. the varied size of state populations. Nevada is the place where’s you’d most likely run into a 2019 California transplant. The Silver State’s cross-border relocations equaled 1,552 per 100,000 Nevadans. Next came Idaho at 1,004; Oregon at 908; Arizona at 829; and Hawaii at 784.

Hard to find: Where is it unlikely you’ll see an ex-Californian who moved last year? Delaware had only 17 relocations per 100,000 residents. Next was West Virginia at 53; North Dakota at 54; Alabama at 76; and Kentucky at 77.

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Ins and outs of California migration. (STAFF GRAPHIC) 

Biggest increase: Please be aware that California departures fell 5.4% in 2019 — the first dip in eight years. But that drop was by no means across the board. The state with the largest one-year increase in drawing ex-Californians was Ohio, up 3,478 from 2018. Next was Tennessee at 2,192; Maryland at 2,168; Florida at 1,740; and Wyoming at 1607.

Biggest decline: Arizona got 8,803 fewer new Californians. Next was Washington, down 8,676; Oregon, off 5,131; South Carolina, off 4,318; and Virginia, off 4,216.

Who’s arriving?

California drew 480,204 newbies from other states last year. And only two states — Florida and Texas — took in more. But California’s inflow was down 4.2% in a year to a low not seen since 2011.

Incoming wave: If you have a new neighbor from out-of-state, it’s probably a former New Yorker. California drew the most from that state in 2019 with 37,567 relocations. Next was Texas at 37,063; Washington at 31,882; Arizona at 28,226; and Nevada at 26,433.

No go: West Virginia sent us the fewest new folks at 303, then New Hampshire at 709; North Dakota at 710; Vermont at 784; and Wyoming at 1,159.

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