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California Lost $8.8 Billion in 2019 Due to Migration, Study Finds

By The Center Square

The collective wealth of California residents decreased $8.8 billion in 2019 due to population migration trends, according to a new analysis of Internal Revenue Service data by the nonprofit Wirepoints website. 

Overall, California lost 165,355 people that year, according to Wirepoints. The study looked at how shifting population numbers among the states led to changes in the overall adjusted gross income of each state’s population.

The performance of California in the analysis was the second worst among the lower 48 states, the authors said.

For those states attracting the most people and wealth, the result was economic growth and investment, as well as an expanding tax base. Those states suffering from migration outflows, however, experienced difficulties in paying down public debts as well as higher taxation, according to the study.

A key downside for those states with continuing outflows of people and their wealth is that the losses affect not just the year when a resident leaves but subsequent years as well, according to Wirepoints.


Which States Gained the Most People, Wealth in 2019?

Rank State Net Adjusted Gross Income Gained/Lost (in Millions of Dollars) Net Number of People Gained/Lost
1 Florida $17,689.82 126,789
2 Texas $4,016.52 114,194
3 Arizona $3,848.32 65,967
4 North Carolina $2,806.45 48,434
5 South Carolina $2,572.86 41,443
6 Nevada $2,119.36 31,055
7 Colorado $2,001.44 18,888
8 Tennessee $1,876.39 34,003
9 Idaho $1,238.06 22,854
10 Washington $1,130.42 29,723
11 Oregon $781.40 15,028
12 Utah $688.11 6,198
13 Montana $481.11 5,410
14 Georgia $421.02 35,633
15 Delaware $352.93 6,330
16 Maine $333.73 5,379
17 New Hampshire $321.01 4,441
18 Alabama $261.01 8,752
19 Wyoming $224.32 434
20 South Dakota $156.58 376
21 New Mexico $50.08 18
22 Vermont -$12.75 -1,295
23 Oklahoma -$28.11 3,885
24 Arkansas -$54.11 2,220
25 Rhode Island -$78.48 -1,825
26 Mississippi -$134.31 -8,013
27 North Dakota -$144.26 -2,379
28 Kentucky -$190.47 -1,089
29 West Virginia -$209.95 -5,255
30 Wisconsin -$237.68 -1,213
31 Nebraska -$245.51 -4,592
32 Indiana -$342.53 4,331
33 Kansas -$390.57 -10,416
34 Missouri -$392.46 519
35 Louisiana -$484.90 -18,897
36 Iowa -$516.78 -5,381
37 Minnesota -$922.43 -4,497
38 Michigan -$1,134.62 -13,616
39 Virginia -$1,170.20 -3,603
40 Massachusetts -$1,432.52 -25,834
41 Ohio -$1,621.47 -10,962
42 Connecticut -$1,678.28 -11,832
43 Pennsylvania -$1,719.02 -12,604
44 Maryland -$1,837.62 -15,892
45 New Jersey -$3,106.98 -26,528
46 Illinois -$6,014.31 -81,770
47 California -$8,840.84 -165,355
48 New York -$8,994.95 -152,703

Source: Wirepoints.org

Originally published by The Center Square. Republished with permission.

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