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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.

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IIP Photo Archive // Flickr

Delaware

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

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eric // Wikimedia Commons

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%

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Kenneth C. Zirkel // Wikicommons

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%

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James McCauley // Flickr

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%

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heipei // Wikimedia Commons

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%

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Juliancolton // Wikimedia Commons

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%

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Colin.faulkingham // Wikimedia Commons

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%

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Kurt Haubrich // Flickr

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%

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Carl Wycoff // Flickr

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%

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Wereldburger758 // Wikimedia Commons

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%

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Max Pixel

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%

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Clemens Vasters // Flickr

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%

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Pixabay

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%

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Peter Rintels //Wikimedia Commons

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%

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Keith Yahl // Flickr

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%

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James Case // Wikimedia Commons

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%

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K-State Research and Extension // Flickr

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%

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PxHere

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%

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Becky Snyder // Flickr

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%

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Daniel Mayer // Wikimedia Commons

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%

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Dave Sizer // Flickr

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%

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Greg Gjerdingen // Flickr

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%

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James Cridland // Wikimedia Commons

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%

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Tennessee Valley Authority // Wikimedia Commons

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%

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IIP Photo Archive // Flickr

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%

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Jeremy Thompson // Flickr

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%

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James Brosher // Wikimedia Commons

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%

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Robert Lawton // Wikimedia Commons

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%

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Todd Van Hoosear // Flickr

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%

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Yinan Chen // Wikimedia Commons

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%

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Smallbones // Wikimedia Commons

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%

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JustTulsa // Flickr

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%

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Jaknouse // Wikimedia Commons

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%

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Jeremy Thompson // Flickr

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%

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BenFrantzDale // Wikimedia Commons

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%

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Jonathanking // Wikimedia Commons

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%

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daveynin // Flickr

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%

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MotoWebMistress // Flickr

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%

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Virginia State Parks // Flickr

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%

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Zainubrazvi // Wikimedia Commons

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%

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PxHere

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%

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Ken Lund // Flickr

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%

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Palacemusic // Wikimedia Commons

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%

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Rhododendrites // Wikimedia Commons

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%

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CityofStPete // Flickr

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%

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Jeffrey Johnson // Wikimedia Commons

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%

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Samartur // Wikimedia Commons

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%

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Martin H. // Wikimedia Commons

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%

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LASZLO ILYES // Flickr

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%

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Yinan Chen // Flickr

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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