California Exports its Poor While Wealthier People Move In

About 2.5 million people living close to the official poverty line left California for other states from 2005 through 2015. As California exports its low-income residents, a wealthier citizen is moving in.

Every year from 2000 through 2015, more people left California than moved in from other states. This migration was not spread evenly across all income groups, a Sacramento Bee review of U.S. Census Bureau data found.

About 2.5 million people living close to the official poverty line left California for other states from 2005 through 2015. At the same time, 1.7 million people at that income level moved in from other states  for a net loss of 800,000.

During the same period, the state experienced a net gain of about 20,000 residents earning at least five times the poverty rate – or $100,000 for a family of three.

What Gives?

“The cost of living was high. The rent was high. The job market was debatable.”

High taxes were one of the most cited reasons for the California export. A frequent destination was Texas which has far more relaxed tax laws and no personal state income tax.

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