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Where people are moving to from California

  • Where people are moving to from California
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    Where people are moving to from California

    Each year, an average of about 35.5 million Americans decide to pack up and switch their homes. While most residents do not drastically change their addresses, opting to stay in the same county they lived in the year prior, there are still roughly 6 million people who decide to cross state lines for their next place of residence. According to statistics from Forbes, the top states seeing more people moving in than out include Idaho, Oregon, and Nevada.

    To get a sense of which states are receiving the most migrants from California, Stacker analyzed 2006 and 2016 state-to-state migration flow statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. The data is taken from the American Community Survey conducted for both years and shows estimated migration flows all over the United States. While some states show a drastic 11-year change in migrants from California, others have consistently received roughly the same amount of people.

    Whether it’s to find a better house or apartment, transfer closer to a new job, or to start a family, Americans have several reasons to change their surrounding environments.

    Read on to find out where people from California are moving.

    ALSO: Most and least stressed states in America

  • Delaware
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    Delaware

    Migrations to Delaware in 2016: 598
    Migrations to Delaware in 2006: 325 (#50 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 84%

  • New Hampshire
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    New Hampshire

    Migrations to New Hampshire in 2016: 953
    Migrations to New Hampshire in 2006: 1,907 (#42 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 50%

  • Vermont
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    Vermont

    Migrations to Vermont in 2016: 1,018
    Migrations to Vermont in 2006: 554 (#49 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 83.8%

  • West Virginia
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    West Virginia

    Migrations to West Virginia in 2016: 1,095
    Migrations to West Virginia in 2006: 1,022 (#48 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 7.1%

  • Maine
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    Maine

    Migrations to Maine in 2016: 1,315
    Migrations to Maine in 2006: 1,123 (#47 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 17.1%

  • Rhode Island
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    Rhode Island

    Migrations to Rhode Island in 2016: 1,484
    Migrations to Rhode Island in 2006: 1,824 (#43 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 18.6%

  • Wyoming
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    Wyoming

    Migrations to Wyoming in 2016: 1,586
    Migrations to Wyoming in 2006: 1,200 (#46 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 32.2%

  • North Dakota
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    North Dakota

    Migrations to North Dakota in 2016: 1,797
    Migrations to North Dakota in 2006: 1,460 (#45 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 23.1%

  • Iowa
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    Iowa

    Migrations to Iowa in 2016: 2,380
    Migrations to Iowa in 2006: 6,764 (#30 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 64.8%

  • South Dakota
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    South Dakota

    Migrations to South Dakota in 2016: 2,929
    Migrations to South Dakota in 2006: 1,536 (#44 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 90.7%

  • Alaska
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    Alaska

    Migrations to Alaska in 2016: 3,593
    Migrations to Alaska in 2006: 3,353 (#38 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 7.2%

  • Nebraska
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    Nebraska

    Migrations to Nebraska in 2016: 3,661
    Migrations to Nebraska in 2006: 5,170 (#34 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 29.2%

  • Washington, D.C.
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    Washington, D.C.

    Migrations to Washington, D.C. in 2016: 3,908
    Migrations to Washington, D.C. in 2006: 2,672 (#41 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 46.3%

  • Connecticut
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    Connecticut

    Migrations to Connecticut in 2016: 3,979
    Migrations to Connecticut in 2006: 2,727 (#40 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 45.9%

  • Arkansas
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    Arkansas

    Migrations to Arkansas in 2016: 4,026
    Migrations to Arkansas in 2006: 9,141 (#24 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 56%

  • Mississippi
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    Mississippi

    Migrations to Mississippi in 2016: 4,317
    Migrations to Mississippi in 2006: 2,747 (#39 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 57.2%

  • Kansas
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    Kansas

    Migrations to Kansas in 2016: 4,526
    Migrations to Kansas in 2006: 8,150 (#27 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 44.5%

  • Louisiana
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    Louisiana

    Migrations to Louisiana in 2016: 4,654
    Migrations to Louisiana in 2006: 5,286 (#33 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 12%

  • South Carolina
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    South Carolina

    Migrations to South Carolina in 2016: 4,846
    Migrations to South Carolina in 2006: 4,096 (#36 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 18.3%

  • New Mexico
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    New Mexico

    Migrations to New Mexico in 2016: 4,939
    Migrations to New Mexico in 2006: 8,210 (#26 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 39.8%

  • Montana
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    Montana

    Migrations to Montana in 2016: 5,173
    Migrations to Montana in 2006: 3,460 (#37 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 49.5%

  • Minnesota
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    Minnesota

    Migrations to Minnesota in 2016: 6,232
    Migrations to Minnesota in 2006: 9,997 (#22 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 37.7%

  • Maryland
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    Maryland

    Migrations to Maryland in 2016: 6,348
    Migrations to Maryland in 2006: 10,194 (#21 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 37.7%

  • Kentucky
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    Kentucky

    Migrations to Kentucky in 2016: 6,594
    Migrations to Kentucky in 2006: 5,461 (#32 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 20.7%

  • Alabama
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    Alabama

    Migrations to Alabama in 2016: 6,611
    Migrations to Alabama in 2006: 5,984 (#31 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 10.5%

  • Wisconsin
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    Wisconsin

    Migrations to Wisconsin in 2016: 6,830
    Migrations to Wisconsin in 2006: 4,365 (#35 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 56.5%

  • Indiana
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    Indiana

    Migrations to Indiana in 2016: 6,970
    Migrations to Indiana in 2006: 7,374 (#29 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 5.5%

  • Missouri
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    Missouri

    Migrations to Missouri in 2016: 7,037
    Migrations to Missouri in 2006: 12,491 (#16 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 43.7%

  • Tennessee
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    Tennessee

    Migrations to Tennessee in 2016: 7,996
    Migrations to Tennessee in 2006: 10,721 (#20 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 25.4%

  • Michigan
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    Michigan

    Migrations to Michigan in 2016: 8,001
    Migrations to Michigan in 2006: 9,623 (#23 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 16.9%

  • New Jersey
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    New Jersey

    Migrations to New Jersey in 2016: 8,239
    Migrations to New Jersey in 2006: 7,910 (#28 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 4.2%

  • Oklahoma
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    Oklahoma

    Migrations to Oklahoma in 2016: 11,302
    Migrations to Oklahoma in 2006: 8,947 (#25 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 26.3%

  • Ohio
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    Ohio

    Migrations to Ohio in 2016: 11,777
    Migrations to Ohio in 2006: 11,098 (#18 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 6.1%

  • Pennsylvania
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    Pennsylvania

    Migrations to Pennsylvania in 2016: 12,381
    Migrations to Pennsylvania in 2006: 10,789 (#19 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 14.8%

  • Massachusetts
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    Massachusetts

    Migrations to Massachusetts in 2016: 12,831
    Migrations to Massachusetts in 2006: 11,605 (#17 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 10.6%

  • Hawaii
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    Hawaii

    Migrations to Hawaii in 2016: 13,047
    Migrations to Hawaii in 2006: 14,459 (#14 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 9.8%

  • Illinois
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    Illinois

    Migrations to Illinois in 2016: 15,163
    Migrations to Illinois in 2006: 15,322 (#13 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 1%

  • Idaho
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    Idaho

    Migrations to Idaho in 2016: 17,019
    Migrations to Idaho in 2006: 13,537 (#15 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 25.7%

  • Virginia
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    Virginia

    Migrations to Virginia in 2016: 17,473
    Migrations to Virginia in 2006: 18,797 (#11 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 7%

  • North Carolina
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    North Carolina

    Migrations to North Carolina in 2016: 17,653
    Migrations to North Carolina in 2006: 17,613 (#12 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 0.2%

  • Georgia
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    Georgia

    Migrations to Georgia in 2016: 18,948
    Migrations to Georgia in 2006: 24,662 (#9 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 23.2%

  • New York
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    New York

    Migrations to New York in 2016: 22,626
    Migrations to New York in 2006: 23,126 (#10 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 2.2%

  • Utah
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    Utah

    Migrations to Utah in 2016: 23,034
    Migrations to Utah in 2006: 24,994 (#8 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 7.8%

  • Colorado
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    Colorado

    Migrations to Colorado in 2016: 26,909
    Migrations to Colorado in 2006: 34,803 (#6 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 22.7%

  • Florida
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    Florida

    Migrations to Florida in 2016: 28,420
    Migrations to Florida in 2006: 27,658 (#7 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: up 2.8%

  • Oregon
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    Oregon

    Migrations to Oregon in 2016: 43,804
    Migrations to Oregon in 2006: 51,295 (#5 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 14.6%

  • Nevada
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    Nevada

    Migrations to Nevada in 2016: 45,482
    Migrations to Nevada in 2006: 59,811 (#3 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 24%

  • Washington
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    Washington

    Migrations to Washington in 2016: 51,485
    Migrations to Washington in 2006: 53,034 (#4 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 2.9%

  • Arizona
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    Arizona

    Migrations to Arizona in 2016: 64,756
    Migrations to Arizona in 2006: 85,497 (#1 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 24.3%

  • Texas
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    Texas

    Migrations to Texas in 2016: 69,945
    Migrations to Texas in 2006: 81,572 (#2 among all states)
    Change in migrations 2006–2016: down 14.3%

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