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Report: Idaho Ranks In The Top Ten For Migration From California

Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact

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The Idaho Statesman reports Idaho is a top destination for Californians.

A report by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research says Idaho ranks 7th for net migration from California.

“The main reasons for the Californian exodus are jobs, lower taxes and costs to employers such as utilities, the report said. Idaho was one of seven states whose right-to-work laws banning compulsory union membership have attracted some businesses, according to the Manhattan Institute, which is pro-free market. Real estate prices and regulations were among the other reasons Californians left for Idaho, the institute said.” – Idaho Statesman

Between 2000 and 2010 about 54,000 Californians moved to Idaho, according to the Statesman.  The report uses federal tax data, the same data StateImpact Idaho used to map migration in and out of Idaho.

According to our map, 10,000 Californians moved to Idaho between 2009 and 2010.



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