California looses over 7000k residents! and more leaving!

Does it feel like all your friends are moving out of state? It’s because they are.

We’ve got more than goodbye parties and U-Haul shortages as evidence: Newly released census data shows approximately 691,000 people moved from California to another U.S. state in 2018. About 501,000 people moved from another state into California over the same time period.

It’s the seventh year in a row that more people have left the state than moved in, reports KNTV.

Where all the California refugees going? The No. 1 destination is Texas, which may not come as a huge surprise. For starters, it’s a big state with the second-largest population after California. Jobs there are also plentiful — Texas added more jobs last year than any other state (the unemployment rate is about 3% in Texas).

But the second-most popular destination for ex-Californians is a bit more surprising: Arizona. Sure, the state has always been a popular destination for retirees, but perhaps the Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s trash-talking campaign has been able to draw even more Californians to the desert.

ALSO: I’m SFGATE’s ‘Bay Area exodus’ reporter. Now I’m leaving myself.

Here are the most popular destinations for Californians moving out of state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey:

  • Texas: 86,164 people
  • Arizona: 68,516 people
  • Washington: 55,467 people
  • Nevada: 50,707 people
  • Oregon: 43,058 people
  • Colorado: 28,288 people
  • Florida: 26,888 people
  • New York: 25,255 people
  • Virginia: 21,210 people
  • Idaho: 21,018 people

Even for those hanging on to the California dream, more than half are considering leaving, according to a recent UC Berkeley poll. As for why people keep moving out of the Golden State, there’s no real surprise there: The high cost of housing was the number one reason cited.

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