New Data Show Most People Who Moved to California Came From Texas, and Vice Versa

New Data Show Most People Who Moved to California Came From Texas, and Vice Versa

A U-Haul van parks in a neighborhood in Seal Beach, Calif., on Sept. 9, 2023. (Sophie Li/The Epoch Times)

Rudy Blalock

Rudy Blalock


Updated: 12/30/2023

For the second consecutive year, a majority of residents moving from California left for Texas, according to a recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The survey revealed 102,442 residents left the Golden State for Texas in 2022, compared to 107,546 the year prior. California also welcomed more residents from Texas than any other state, with 42,279 new residents from The Lone Star state.
The Nov. 21 report measured states’ inward and outward migration, which measures people entering or leaving a state, versus the total number who have moved, including within the state.
California had the lowest immigration rate—meaning those moving to the state as a share of its total number of people moving, including those within the state—in the country of 11.1 percent.
Texas had the nation’s lowest outmigration rate with 11.7 leaving, mostly to California and Florida, with Florida receiving roughly 38,000 Texans and California receiving more than 42,000.
The most recent population estimates by the bureau are from 2022, which ranked the most populous states as California with 39 million residents, Texas with 30 million, and Florida and New York with 22.2 and 19.7 million residents, respectively.
The second largest number of residents who left the Golden State moved to Arizona, at 74,157 according to the report.
Although California boasts the most residents leaving the state, when compared to the total of people who moved, its outward migration is lower than the national average, according to the report. Washington D.C. ranked first for outmigration, with 46.6 percent of movers leaving, the majority to neighboring Maryland, according to the data.
Rudy Blalock

Rudy Blalock


Rudy Blalock is a Southern California-based daily news reporter for The Epoch Times. Originally from Michigan, he moved to California in 2017, and the sunshine and ocean have kept him here since. In his free time, he may be found underwater scuba diving, on top of a mountain hiking or snowboarding—or at home meditating, which helps fuel his active lifestyle.

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