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States with the most born-and-bred residents

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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.  

RELATED: Most and least stressed states in America

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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.  

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#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.  


 

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#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.


 

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#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?

 

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#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.


 

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#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.

 

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#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.


 

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#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.


 

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#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.

 

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#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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#41. Washington

- 2017 population: 7,405,743
- Born in state of residence: 3,472,323 (46.89% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 2,737,027 (36.96% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- California (621,878, 8.4% of population)
--- Oregon (283,072, 3.82% of population)
--- Texas (117,706, 1.59% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 27,375 (0.37% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 1,060,153 (14.32% of population)

Washington has been ranked as having the second best economy in the country, which is not a huge surprise when considering companies like Amazon and Microsoft are based there. It seems Washington might have been too busy giving birth to grunge music to prioritize retaining its state natives.


 

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#40. Maryland

- 2017 population: 6,052,177
- Born in state of residence: 2,853,910 (47.16% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 2,180,098 (36.02% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- District of Columbia (510,813, 8.44% of population)
--- Pennsylvania (233,507, 3.86% of population)
--- New York (226,982, 3.75% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 19,933 (0.33% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 927,936 (15.33% of population)

Sure, the city of Baltimore’s nickname is "Mobtown,” but the state of Maryland must be overall attractive if 47% of the population was also born there. Maryland’s economy outperforms the U.S. economy and is one of only 11 states to have a AAA bond rating.


 

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#39. Idaho

- 2017 population: 1,716,943
- Born in state of residence: 817,962 (47.64% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 780,969 (45.49% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- California (201,366, 11.73% of population)
--- Washington (85,562, 4.98% of population)
--- Utah (72,932, 4.25% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 1,355 (0.08% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 101,140 (5.89% of population)

Idaho was the top-performing economy in the U.S. in 2017. This ranking was attributed to Idaho relying heavily on international trade. However, Idaho’s economy does not rely as heavily on international residents it would seem. Only 5.89% of the population was born in a foreign country.   


 

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#38. Virginia

- 2017 population: 8,470,020
- Born in state of residence: 4,166,513 (49.19% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 3,077,754 (36.34% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- New York (335,339, 3.96% of population)
--- Pennsylvania (243,200, 2.87% of population)
--- North Carolina (234,617, 2.77% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 38,193 (0.45% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 1,062,370 (12.54% of population)

Virginia may be deep on this list of states retaining born and bred residents, but it is the #1 state when it comes to producing U.S. presidents. Eight United States presidents were born in Virginia. Coal is the #1 export in Virginia, but U.S. presidents is a close second.


 

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#37. Vermont

- 2017 population: 623,657
- Born in state of residence: 321,612 (51.57% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 268,332 (43.03% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- New York (50,680, 8.13% of population)
--- Massachusetts (41,919, 6.72% of population)
--- New Hampshire (37,508, 6.01% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 493 (0.08% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 28,083 (4.5% of population)

Vermont is the second top producer of maple syrup in North America, and the top producer of maple syrup in the U.S. Perhaps life in Vermont is just too delicious to leave, with over half of its population having been born there. Ironically, two of the state’s most famous residents, Ben and Jerry, were not born there.  


 

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#36. New Jersey

- 2017 population: 9,005,644
- Born in state of residence: 4,674,324 (51.9% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 2,061,645 (22.89% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- New York (953,322, 10.59% of population)
--- Pennsylvania (455,088, 5.05% of population)
--- California (48,279, 0.54% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 136,484 (1.52% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 2,055,062 (22.82% of population)

The Garden State is known for having the highest property taxes in the country, which perhaps explains why only 22.89% of the population is from other states. While New Jersey boasts strong pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and transportation industries, the official state website very curiously makes no mention of its unofficial state mascot: Snooki.  


 

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#35. Hawaii

- 2017 population: 1,427,538
- Born in state of residence: 757,188 (53.04% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 362,026 (25.36% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- California (91,164, 6.39% of population)
--- Texas (20,788, 1.46% of population)
--- New York (17,070, 1.2% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 13,361 (0.94% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 265,565 (18.6% of population)

Hawaii’s population comprises of 53% Hawaii-born residents, the majority of which make their living through the state’s tourism and hospitality industries. Some portion of the 25% of residents born in other states can be attributed to the large military presence in Hawaii


 

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#34. Montana

- 2017 population: 1,050,493
- Born in state of residence: 557,397 (53.06% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 458,168 (43.61% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- California (67,265, 6.4% of population)
--- Washington (42,018, 4% of population)
--- North Dakota (28,015, 2.67% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 601 (0.06% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 23,109 (2.2% of population)

Montana, affectionately known as "Big Sky Country” relies on both agriculture and tourism to keep the economy booming. Only 43.61% of the population are residents from another state, but Montana is incredibly welcoming to bees that call the state their home. Thanks to those bees, Montana is the second largest producer of honey in the nation


 

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#33. Connecticut

- 2017 population: 3,588,184
- Born in state of residence: 1,944,602 (54.19% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 981,721 (27.36% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- New York (339,039, 9.45% of population)
--- Massachusetts (139,497, 3.89% of population)
--- New Jersey (54,394, 1.52% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 98,412 (2.74% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 530,245 (14.78% of population)

While the stereotype is that people from Connecticut are all wearing Lilly Pulitzer as they head to their country club, the population numbers tell a more diverse story: Almost 15% of the population was born in a foreign country. The born-and-bred residents make up 54% of the population, which can perhaps be attributed to the fact that 13% of the U.S. economy is within 200 miles of Connecticut.

 

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#32. New Mexico

- 2017 population: 2,088,070
- Born in state of residence: 1,133,231 (54.27% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 735,209 (35.21% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Texas (154,531, 7.4% of population)
--- California (99,812, 4.78% of population)
--- Colorado (44,652, 2.14% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 3,101 (0.15% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 195,508 (9.36% of population)

The Land of Enchantment currently has a booming film industry thanks to available tax credits. Tourism is also a successful sector for the state due to hot air balloons


 

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#31. Georgia

- 2017 population: 10,429,379
- Born in state of residence: 5,751,677 (55.15% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 3,472,169 (33.29% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Florida (401,831, 3.85% of population)
--- New York (309,020, 2.96% of population)
--- Alabama (233,828, 2.24% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 37,978 (0.36% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 1,065,968 (10.22% of population)

The Peach State has gone totally nuts; Georgia produces more pecans and peanuts than any other state. With agriculture as a main industry and Atlanta as the "new hub of the south,” there are more reasons to stay than to leave: Just ask the 55% of the population that was born there.


 

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#30. Rhode Island

- 2017 population: 1,059,639
- Born in state of residence: 588,520 (55.54% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 302,485 (28.55% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Massachusetts (108,157, 10.21% of population)
--- New York (46,047, 4.35% of population)
--- Connecticut (26,826, 2.53% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 11,076 (1.05% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 147,017 (13.87% of population)

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the union, but it is big on hope. It is the only state to not vote for the Eighteenth Amendment that began prohibition. Rhode Island is also currently ranked eighth for health care in the country.


 

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#29. California

- 2017 population: 39,536,653
- Born in state of residence: 21,966,372 (55.56% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 6,365,215 (16.1% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- New York (611,925, 1.55% of population)
--- Texas (468,340, 1.18% of population)
--- Illinois (448,980, 1.14% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 72,571 (0.18% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 10,653,414 (26.95% of population)

California has the country’s largest economy, which would also be the world’s fifth largest economy if it stood alone. With the allure of the Hollywood and Silicon Valley industries, it certainly makes sense that so many residents would be born elsewhere.


 

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#28. South Carolina

- 2017 population: 5,024,369
- Born in state of residence: 2,821,764 (56.16% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 1,905,975 (37.93% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- North Carolina (266,486, 5.3% of population)
--- New York (213,711, 4.25% of population)
--- Georgia (171,480, 3.41% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 13,474 (0.27% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 244,294 (4.86% of population)

With a blossoming tourism industry thanks to Charleston, Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina finds itself with the 15th best economy in the U.S. Unfortunately for those economically stable residents, it also finds itself ranked 48th in education. Sitting comfortably in the middle of those extremes, South Carolina ranks 28th for born-and-bred residents.


 

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#27. North Carolina

- 2017 population: 10,273,419
- Born in state of residence: 5,795,939 (56.42% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 3,517,839 (34.24% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- New York (480,852, 4.68% of population)
--- Virginia (304,264, 2.96% of population)
--- South Carolina (219,119, 2.13% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 39,100 (0.38% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 829,416 (8.07% of population)

Coming in just ahead of its southern neighbor, North Carolina’s low corporate taxes and low cost of living have attracted many companies to house their headquarters there. However, it’s not just Bank of America and LabCorp jobs that have kept the North Carolina natives faithful: The state is ranked 16th in the country for education.


 

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#26. Kansas

- 2017 population: 2,913,123
- Born in state of residence: 1,734,866 (59.55% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 952,105 (32.68% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Missouri (230,635, 7.92% of population)
--- California (76,102, 2.61% of population)
--- Oklahoma (65,338, 2.24% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 4,476 (0.15% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 200,557 (6.88% of population)

"We’re not in Kansas anymore,” is a phrase that 60% of the Sunflower State population has never uttered, as 60% of Jayhawkers were born as such. Kansas loyalty makes sense when considering that the state’s cost of living is 8.74% lower than the U.S. average and housing costs are 27% below the national average.   


 

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#25. Texas

- 2017 population: 28,304,596
- Born in state of residence: 16,884,832 (59.65% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 6,124,074 (21.64% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- California (755,779, 2.67% of population)
--- Louisiana (525,043, 1.85% of population)
--- Illinois (367,706, 1.3% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 105,004 (0.37% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 4,854,140 (17.15% of population)

The Lone Star State could also be the Second Star State; it is both the second biggest state and second biggest economy in the country. Texas’ population is almost 60% Texan natives, who are perhaps staying because 102 of the top 1,000 largest companies in the country are based there.


 

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#24. Tennessee

- 2017 population: 6,715,984
- Born in state of residence: 4,011,408 (59.73% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 2,300,452 (34.25% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Illinois (150,348, 2.24% of population)
--- Kentucky (143,345, 2.13% of population)
--- Ohio (135,064, 2.01% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 11,628 (0.17% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 347,754 (5.18% of population)

Tennessee’s economy had a year of strong growth in 2018 and is expected to continue the trend into 2019. Add one part economic growth, to one part thriving music scene, to one part good whiskey, and there is the recipe for Tennessee natives staying put.


 

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#23. Massachusetts

- 2017 population: 6,859,819
- Born in state of residence: 4,125,994 (60.15% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 1,371,892 (20% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- New York (290,596, 4.24% of population)
--- Connecticut (130,100, 1.9% of population)
--- Rhode Island (101,251, 1.48% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 129,817 (1.89% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 1,156,472 (16.86% of population)

Wicked awesome accents and derogatory driving stereotypes aside, Massachusetts has been ranked the 10th best state to live in. Over 60% of the population was born in Massachusetts, and the state has been ranked first in the country for education.

 

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#22. Arkansas

- 2017 population: 3,004,279
- Born in state of residence: 1,821,927 (60.64% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 1,017,615 (33.87% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Texas (158,075, 5.26% of population)
--- California (107,432, 3.58% of population)
--- Missouri (82,749, 2.75% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 3,566 (0.12% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 140,078 (4.66% of population)

Arkansas is both the birthplace of Walmart and the birthplace of pronouncing "Kansas” within a state name as "kin-saw.” The largest industry in Arkansas is agriculture where, amazingly, 97% of the state’s farms are family-owned. To many Arkansas farmers, leaving home would also mean leaving a secure job.


 

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#21. Oklahoma

- 2017 population: 3,930,864
- Born in state of residence: 2,406,909 (61.23% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 1,262,618 (32.12% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Texas (252,102, 6.41% of population)
--- California (164,207, 4.18% of population)
--- Arkansas (101,006, 2.57% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 3,887 (0.1% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 223,883 (5.7% of population)

More than just a popular Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Oklahoma is one of the top five producers of crude oil and one of the top producers of natural gas in the country. Unfortunately, as of 2017, Oklahoma also had the country’s fifth worse economy.

 

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#20. Utah

- 2017 population: 3,101,833
- Born in state of residence: 1,919,568 (61.88% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 880,587 (28.39% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- California (232,378, 7.49% of population)
--- Idaho (80,415, 2.59% of population)
--- Arizona (43,629, 1.41% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 6,342 (0.2% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 269,239 (8.68% of population)

Utah’s industry relies heavily on the tourism that comes along with five national parks, seven national monuments, and one trendy ski town. Utah houses the world headquarters for the Mormon Church and happens to be the most charitable state in the country. Roughly 55% of Utah’s population identify as Mormon, which is perhaps one reason why close to 62% of the population is born and bred there.


 

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#19. North Dakota

- 2017 population: 755,393
- Born in state of residence: 469,158 (62.11% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 248,345 (32.88% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Minnesota (72,623, 9.61% of population)
--- South Dakota (18,553, 2.46% of population)
--- California (16,044, 2.12% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 1,465 (0.19% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 31,062 (4.11% of population)

In 2018, North Dakota was named the fourth best state to live in America, with "good air quality” being just one of its allures. This is a pretty good indication that the state has recovered from the 2014 oil boom and subsequent repercussions. Roughly 90% of the land comprises of farms and ranches, 62% of the population was born there, and even the bees get their own map.

 

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#18. New York

- 2017 population: 19,849,399
- Born in state of residence: 12,484,759 (62.9% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 2,312,756 (11.65% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- New Jersey (294,534, 1.48% of population)
--- Pennsylvania (258,373, 1.3% of population)
--- California (171,296, 0.86% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 291,980 (1.47% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 4,540,381 (22.87% of population)

The economy of New York State is inextricably linked to the economy of New York City. The Big Apple accounts for 95% of the state’s population growth and is considered the nation’s center of the finance, communications, and art. With the cultural and financial pull of New York City, one might assume the residents born elsewhere would account for a larger percentage of the population.

 

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#17. Maine

- 2017 population: 1,335,907
- Born in state of residence: 848,403 (63.51% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 426,513 (31.93% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Massachusetts (107,100, 8.02% of population)
--- New York (47,332, 3.54% of population)
--- New Hampshire (41,329, 3.09% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 1,200 (0.09% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 45,433 (3.4% of population)

"Maine, the way life should be.” Known for producing the majority of the country’s lobsters, Mainers are so serious about staying in Maine, that there is a bill to change their license plate slogan from "Vacationland” to "Staycationland.”


 

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#16. Nebraska

- 2017 population: 1,920,076
- Born in state of residence: 1,238,717 (64.51% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 523,353 (27.26% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Iowa (95,071, 4.95% of population)
--- California (41,823, 2.18% of population)
--- Kansas (35,732, 1.86% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 1,823 (0.09% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 143,331 (7.46% of population)

In what seems to be an attempt at reverse psychology, Nebraska has adopted the new slogan, "Honestly, it’s not for everyone.” Or perhaps this is just an honest attempt of Nebraska natives, which make up 64.51% of the state’s population, to keep their home for themselves.

 

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#15. South Dakota

- 2017 population: 869,666
- Born in state of residence: 564,083 (64.86% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 268,884 (30.92% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Minnesota (50,035, 5.75% of population)
--- Iowa (34,539, 3.97% of population)
--- Nebraska (22,503, 2.59% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 1,732 (0.2% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 29,401 (3.38% of population)

With nearly 65% of the population of South Dakota being born and bred there, the lands can’t be all that bad. South Dakota is home to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Custer State Park.


 

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#14. Missouri

- 2017 population: 6,113,532
- Born in state of residence: 4,037,657 (66.04% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 1,771,977 (28.98% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Illinois (264,900, 4.33% of population)
--- Kansas (214,815, 3.51% of population)
--- California (152,464, 2.49% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 6,474 (0.11% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 257,102 (4.21% of population)

Though the pronunciation of the state is still up for debate, one thing is certain: Missourians like Missouri. Coming in with the 14th highest percentage of born-and-bred residents, Missouri has also recently been ranked 15th for quality of life.

 

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#13. Illinois

- 2017 population: 12,802,023
- Born in state of residence: 8,570,225 (66.94% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 2,251,563 (17.59% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Missouri (212,310, 1.66% of population)
--- Indiana (185,368, 1.45% of population)
--- Wisconsin (164,516, 1.29% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 54,257 (0.42% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 1,832,421 (14.31% of population)

The Land of Lincoln is spending the first part of 2019 hitting record low temperatures. The U.S. government’s 2018 National Climate Assessment warned that in the coming years, Chicago’s temperatures will rise in the summer, and the climate will begin to resemble Las Vegas more than present-day Chicago. With nearly 67% of the population of Illinois being born and bred there, it appears that this extreme weather does not phase them.

 

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#12. Minnesota

- 2017 population: 5,576,606
- Born in state of residence: 3,759,056 (67.41% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 1,290,331 (23.14% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Wisconsin (199,279, 3.57% of population)
--- North Dakota (138,281, 2.48% of population)
--- Illinois (128,476, 2.3% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 4,167 (0.07% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 486,243 (8.72% of population)

The Land of 10,000 Lakes is also a land with mosquito problems. But even these "unofficial state birds” cannot deter Minnesota natives from staying. An impressive 67% of the population of Minnesota was also born there.  


 

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#11. Indiana

- 2017 population: 6,666,818
- Born in state of residence: 4,532,145 (67.98% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 1,738,581 (26.08% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Illinois (383,004, 5.74% of population)
--- Kentucky (206,736, 3.1% of population)
--- Ohio (198,222, 2.97% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 11,980 (0.18% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 351,233 (5.27% of population)

Indiana is the self-proclaimed Crossroads of America. The state produces more than 20% of the corn for the country.
 

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#10. Kentucky

- 2017 population: 4,454,189
- Born in state of residence: 3,083,978 (69.24% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 1,168,311 (26.23% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Ohio (235,368, 5.28% of population)
--- Indiana (131,517, 2.95% of population)
--- Tennessee (93,812, 2.11% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 5,621 (0.13% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 169,085 (3.8% of population)

Kentucky makes the top 10 for born-and-bred residents, even though one of its most famous natives left and made another state famous instead (Abraham Lincoln). Currently, Kentucky has a booming food and beverage industry, which includes producing over 95% of the world’s bourbon.

 

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#9. Alabama

- 2017 population: 4,874,747
- Born in state of residence: 3,407,382 (69.9% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 1,252,638 (25.7% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Georgia (175,851, 3.61% of population)
--- Florida (132,877, 2.73% of population)
--- Mississippi (97,255, 2% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 8,836 (0.18% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 169,066 (3.47% of population)

Alabama has a college football team that frequently wins. On the list of things that Alabama can be proud of, the state is more diverse than the rest of the country.

 

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#8. West Virginia

- 2017 population: 1,815,857
- Born in state of residence: 1,271,115 (70% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 505,083 (27.82% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Ohio (85,520, 4.71% of population)
--- Virginia (83,181, 4.58% of population)
--- Maryland (81,428, 4.48% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 2,039 (0.11% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 29,954 (1.65% of population)

West Virginia is the #2 producer of coal in the country. Unfortunately, the state is ranked last in the country for infrastructure.

 

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#7. Iowa

- 2017 population: 3,145,711
- Born in state of residence: 2,209,278 (70.23% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 750,559 (23.86% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Illinois (133,380, 4.24% of population)
--- Nebraska (87,595, 2.78% of population)
--- Minnesota (66,944, 2.13% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 2,171 (0.07% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 166,728 (5.3% of population)

Perhaps more impressive than a #7 ranking for born-and-bred residents, Iowa won the 2018 honor of being the Best State in the Country. The Hawkeye State has first-place rankings in categories such as child wellness visits, infrastructure, and public high school graduation rates.


 

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#6. Wisconsin

- 2017 population: 5,795,483
- Born in state of residence: 4,136,748 (71.38% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 1,321,281 (22.8% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Illinois (343,188, 5.92% of population)
--- Minnesota (208,196, 3.59% of population)
--- Michigan (99,970, 1.72% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 20,883 (0.36% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 288,052 (4.97% of population)

Though Wisconsin considers itself the dairy capital of the U.S., California now has more dairy cows and produces more milk. Don’t think that will have anyone relinquishing their cheeseheads at Packers games, though. 


 

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#5. Mississippi

- 2017 population: 2,984,100
- Born in state of residence: 2,148,691 (72% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 752,326 (25.21% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Tennessee (142,120, 4.76% of population)
--- Louisiana (121,714, 4.08% of population)
--- Alabama (68,406, 2.29% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 3,414 (0.11% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 65,718 (2.2% of population)

It’s hard to spell, but easy to stay. Mississippi was found to have the sixth best quality of life in the country. Mississippi also happens to be one of the most religious states in the country


 

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#4. Pennsylvania

- 2017 population: 12,805,537
- Born in state of residence: 9,247,325 (72.21% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 2,431,620 (18.99% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- New York (541,551, 4.23% of population)
--- New Jersey (421,646, 3.29% of population)
--- Maryland (201,857, 1.58% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 149,632 (1.17% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 893,769 (6.98% of population)

Claiming the seventh largest state economy in the country, the Keystone State is big on pursuing happiness. A whopping 72% of Pennsylvania residents were also born there, but companies do not necessarily like to stay. The Tax Foundation has ranked Pennsylvania the second worst state to house corporate headquarters based on the state business taxes.

 

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#3. Ohio

- 2017 population: 11,658,609
- Born in state of residence: 8,717,870 (74.78% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 2,311,877 (19.83% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- West Virginia (252,358, 2.16% of population)
--- Pennsylvania (239,606, 2.06% of population)
--- Kentucky (205,006, 1.76% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 42,380 (0.36% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 528,291 (4.53% of population)

The Birthplace of Aviation currently leads the country in the manufacture of plastics and rubber, fabricated metals, and electrical equipment and appliances. In 2017, Ohio was the seventh largest state economy in the country. Further, Buckeyes' votes really count; in every election since Johnson in 1964, whichever way Ohio voted is the way the election went.

 

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#2. Michigan

- 2017 population: 9,962,311
- Born in state of residence: 7,581,345 (76.1% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 1,600,774 (16.07% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Ohio (196,945, 1.98% of population)
--- Illinois (168,176, 1.69% of population)
--- Indiana (127,356, 1.28% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 14,581 (0.15% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 703,806 (7.06% of population)

Michigan has a booming economy, and TripAdvisor recently named a place in Michigan as America’s  #1 vacation spot. Included in the benefits of being a Michigander is the fact that they always have a map on hand.


 

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#1. Louisiana

- 2017 population: 4,684,333
- Born in state of residence: 3,669,092 (78.33% of population)
- Born in other U.S. state: 791,034 (16.89% of population)
- Top states of birth:
--- Texas (147,182, 3.14% of population)
--- Mississippi (101,101, 2.16% of population)
--- California (57,963, 1.24% of population)
- Born in U.S. territory: 8,121 (0.17% of population)
- Born in a foreign country: 191,403 (4.09% of population)

Louisiana made the opposite end of U.S. News and World Report's 50 Best States list, coming in dead last based on a variety of factors including poverty rate and median household income. Considering such data, it does call into question whether the Louisiana natives stay because they want to or because leaving is too costly.





 

 

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