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Chart: The great California exodus

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Conn Carroll

Earlier this month while making the case the California is rapidly becoming a feudal society, I wrote:

For most of its history, California has occupied a special place in the mind of most Americans. From the height of the Gold Rush through the 1980s, California’s warm weather and booming economy drew enterprising, educated and talented immigrants from across the country. California was the melting pot of America’s melting pot, leading all states in the number of residents who were born in other U.S. states.

That California is dead.

According to a 2012 University of Southern California study on state demographics, you have to go back to the early 1990s to find a time when more Americans were moving to California than leaving it for other states. Thanks to high housing prices and a weak job market, California is now a net exporter of U.S. citizens to other states.

The United States Census Bureau has since published a chart perfectly illustrating the migration patterns described above. A smaller version of the image fit for this space is below while the original image can be viewed here.

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