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Sunday, September 17, 2006


Say Goodbye To California

Interesting numbers piece about outward migration on today's front page of the Daily Breeze. The subhead hints at the reason people want to leave: "Housing costs have become too rich for many…"
The nation's most populous state, a traditional magnet for throngs of daring, ambitious people seeking everything from gold nuggets and great weather to good jobs and Hollywood glamour, now carries an unflattering designation.

The Golden State is No. 1 in outward migration of residents to other states, according to the most recent figures provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

From July 1, 2004, to July 1, 2005, the net flow of residents from California to other states -- those moving to the state minus those leaving -- was negative 239,000 people. That's higher than any other state in the union.

California even edged out former No. 1 New York by 7,000 people.


As of last year, the state's outflow was at its highest point since the mid-1990s, when a severe recession and aerospace industry slump drove engineers and other professionals out of California in search of work.
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