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Calif., Fla., Texas are top destinations

Wednesday, November 10, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Corey Mathews
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Business First - by G. Scott Thomas

California, Florida and Texas are tied for top honors as America's strongest population magnets. Each is the top destination for movers from six other states, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Minnesota, Virginia and Washington state are the runners-up. Each is the prime destination for people leaving three other states.

The Census Bureau released 2007-08 migration data, which was collected by its annual American Community Survey. It identifies the states that attract the greatest number of movers from other states.

Click here for the top 10 destinations for movers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

New York is the prime target for people who are moving out of Connecticut. And it's the second-most popular destination for people who are leaving Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont.

The states listed in bold are followed by the other states for which they are the prime destinations:

California (6): Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Texas and Washington.

Florida (6): Alaska, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York and Ohio.

Texas (6): Arkansas, California, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Minnesota (3): North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Virginia (3): Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia.

Washington (3): Idaho, Montana and Oregon.

The Census Bureau's migration statistics cover the one-year period from 2007 to 2008, which coincided with the beginning of the economic downturn. The subequent recession may have affected moving patterns, especially in California and Florida, which were especially hard-hit, but the numbers remain the latest official figures on interstate moving.


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