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States with the most born-and-bred residents

  • States with the most born-and-bred residents

    There’s no place like home, and home is where you hang your hat. There are endless idioms on the subject of home, but how do people decide where to call home? Sometimes home is just where a person is born and lives, and sometimes home is a place a person is drawn to—away from where they were born.  

    Stacker was curious to find out which states in the U.S. have the most born-and-bred residents and why some have larger native populations. Using the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey, Stacker ranked the states based on the percentage of the total population that was born in their state of residence.

    Results on this list might surprise some readers. Click through Stacker’s list to see how many of the top 10 spots “The Heartland” Midwest captured, and which state has the most loyal natives.  

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  • #51. Nevada

    - 2017 population: 2,998,039
    - Born in state of residence: 776,940 (25.91% of population)
    - Born in other U.S. state: 1,572,386 (52.45% of population)
    - Top states of birth:
    --- California (582,366, 19.42% of population)
    --- New York (89,146, 2.97% of population)
    --- Illinois (72,989, 2.43% of population)
    - Born in U.S. territory: 11,409 (0.38% of population)
    - Born in a foreign country: 596,019 (19.88% of population)

    Nevada is the last state on this list, meaning the “Silver State” wins the gold when it comes to people leaving. Nevada is heavily dependent on gaming and tourism, and only 25.91% of its residents can boast having been born there. Apparently what happens in Vegas, most likely leaves Vegas.  

  • #50. Florida

    - 2017 population: 20,984,400
    - Born in state of residence: 7,546,073 (35.96% of population)
    - Born in other U.S. state: 8,270,242 (39.41% of population)
    - Top states of birth:
    --- New York (1,594,570, 7.6% of population) 
    --- Pennsylvania (567,121, 2.7% of population)
    --- New Jersey (519,478, 2.48% of population)
    - Born in U.S. territory: 522,195 (2.49% of population)
    - Born in a foreign country: 4,379,341 (20.87% of population)

    Florida comes in second place for having the lowest percentage of born and bred residents. However, with the largest percentage of senior citizens of any state, it would most likely dominate any "best place to retire” list. With record numbers of tourists visiting the state, the economy is seemingly unaffected by Florida natives staying or leaving.  


     

  • #49. Washington D.C.

    - 2017 population: 693,972
    - Born in state of residence: 259,366 (37.37% of population)
    - Born in other U.S. state: 317,612 (45.77% of population)
    - Top states of birth:
    --- Maryland (37,236, 5.37% of population)
    --- New York (35,983, 5.19% of population)
    --- Virginia (28,538, 4.11% of population)
    - Born in U.S. territory: 2,727 (0.39% of population)
    - Born in a foreign country: 101,860 (14.68% of population)

    It should come as no surprise that Washington D.C., the political heart of the country, has such high numbers of transplants living there. Taken as a microcosm of the larger political population, Congress alone brings in 535 congressmen and congresswomen from across the country to live in D.C. Although when it comes to politics, it is better to not be born there; a Washington D.C. native has never become president, even though all 45 have lived there.


     

  • #48. Arizona

    - 2017 population: 7,016,270
    - Born in state of residence: 2,784,137 (39.68% of population)
    - Born in other U.S. state: 3,204,995 (45.68% of population)
    - Top states of birth:
    --- California (652,807, 9.3% of population)
    --- Illinois (257,495, 3.67% of population)
    --- New York (192,370, 2.74% of population)
    - Born in U.S. territory: 15,973 (0.23% of population)
    - Born in a foreign country: 924,900 (13.18% of population)

    Home to the Grand Canyon, Arizona is also home to a majority of people who were not born there. Arizona is ranked second in the country for concentrating solar power and fourth in terms of fastest wage growth. The state is also ranked sixth in the world for copper production, producing 65% of all U.S. copper. It is no wonder people move there from other states, yet the mystery remains—why do Arizona natives leave?

     

  • #47. New Hampshire

    - 2017 population: 1,342,795
    - Born in state of residence: 561,018 (41.78% of population)
    - Born in other U.S. state: 683,319 (50.89% of population)
    - Top states of birth:
    --- Massachusetts (333,736, 24.85% of population)
    --- New York (59,247, 4.41% of population)
    --- Maine (39,139, 2.91% of population)
    - Born in U.S. territory: 4,926 (0.37% of population)
    - Born in a foreign country: 83,167 (6.19% of population)

    In a state with no state income tax, it is surprising that anyone would ever leave New Hampshire. Then again, the Granite State’s motto is "Live Free or Die,” so perhaps those born there are just exercising their right to live free … and move.


     

  • #46. Colorado

    - 2017 population: 5,607,154
    - Born in state of residence: 2,360,222 (42.09% of population)
    - Born in other U.S. state: 2,606,254 (46.48% of population)
    - Top states of birth:
    --- California (346,447, 6.18% of population)
    --- Texas (201,238, 3.59% of population)
    --- Illinois (166,499, 2.97% of population)
    - Born in U.S. territory: 13,620 (0.24% of population)
    - Born in a foreign country: 550,768 (9.82% of population)

    Home to the country’s first commercial cannabis market, Colorado’s population is 42% Centennial State natives and nearly 47% out-of-staters. With four of the top 10 ranked ski resorts in North America, it’s possible visitors end up staying because they just never want to get off the ski lifts.

     

  • #45. Alaska

    - 2017 population: 739,795
    - Born in state of residence: 314,056 (42.45% of population)
    - Born in other U.S. state: 348,023 (47.04% of population)
    - Top states of birth:
    --- California (43,742, 5.91% of population)
    --- Washington (31,539, 4.26% of population)
    --- Texas (18,463, 2.5% of population)
    - Born in U.S. territory: 6,902 (0.93% of population)
    - Born in a foreign country: 58,187 (7.87% of population)

    When someone wants to leave Alaska and head to the continental U.S., they either need a cruise ship, an airplane, or the ability to enter Canada in a car first. As difficult or as expensive as it might seem to leave, only 42.45% of the population was born in Alaska. Known for its oil and fishing exports, another major export of Alaska seems to be its natives.


     

  • #44. Wyoming

    - 2017 population: 579,315
    - Born in state of residence: 249,019 (42.99% of population)
    - Born in other U.S. state: 306,385 (52.89% of population)
    - Top states of birth:
    --- Colorado (32,674, 5.64% of population)
    --- California (29,803, 5.14% of population)
    --- Utah (25,460, 4.39% of population)
    - Born in U.S. territory: 261 (0.05% of population)
    - Born in a foreign country: 20,520 (3.54% of population)

    The major industries of Wyoming are mineral extraction and tourism, and the state boasts three national parks. Wyoming sets itself apart from other states with similar industries in that roughly half of the land is government-owned.


     

  • #43. Delaware

    - 2017 population: 961,939
    - Born in state of residence: 415,536 (43.2% of population)
    - Born in other U.S. state: 432,801 (44.99% of population)
    - Top states of birth:
    --- Pennsylvania (130,130, 13.53% of population)
    --- Maryland (68,104, 7.08% of population)
    --- New York (52,252, 5.43% of population)
    - Born in U.S. territory: 8,920 (0.93% of population)
    - Born in a foreign country: 98,493 (10.24% of population)

    Although Delaware, known as "The First State,” was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, it is far from the first state when it comes to retaining its state natives. Delaware does, however, have the closest spread of any state on this list when it comes to its population; 43.2% of the population was born there and just a slightly higher 44.99% was born out of state.

     

  • #42. Oregon

    - 2017 population: 4,142,776
    - Born in state of residence: 1,907,372 (46.04% of population)
    - Born in other U.S. state: 1,771,188 (42.75% of population)
    - Top states of birth:
    --- California (571,952, 13.81% of population)
    --- Washington (206,242, 4.98% of population)
    --- Illinois (57,696, 1.39% of population)
    - Born in U.S. territory: 9,915 (0.24% of population)
    - Born in a foreign country: 408,718 (9.87% of population)

    As one of only five states that do not have a sales tax and boasting the 11th best economy in the U.S. Oregon certainly "flies with her own wings.” The Beaver State is also the last state on this list where the percentage of residents born out of state is greater than the percentage of those born in the state.


     

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