The idea that more Americans are leaving California than coming breaches our own sense of uniqueness. But facts are facts.
The latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates show that domestic migrants continue to leave the state more rapidly than they enter it.
A dive into Internal Revenue Service data shows distinctly that, while poor people are, indeed, leaving, the largest group of out-migrants tends to be middle-aged people making between $100,000 and $200,000 annually. They may not be ideal algorithm creators for Facebook, but they do constitute the solid middle ranks critical to any healthy economy.
Since 2010, the Golden State has seen an overall net outflow of $36 billion from these migrants (and that counts only the first year of income). The biggest gainers from this exchange are where Californians are moving, to such places as Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
That some California employers are joining them in the same places should be something of a two-minute warning for state officials.
However California leaders have other things on their minds that do not include accommodating the aspirations of residents who refuse to abandon suburban homes, or who are unwilling to desert their cars for the pleasures of mass transit.
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