Steven Greenhut: Wait until you read the spin in the newspapers about the good news: Fewer people are fleeing California for other states, although the state still lost 66,000 domestic migrants in 2011. Overall, the population is going up a bit thanks to immigration and births (mostly to immigrants). But taxpayers are still leaving California. Here is demographer and former Californian Wendell Cox’s latest analysis:
The bad news is that California continues to be among the most hemorrhaging states in net domestic migration. The 2000 to 2009 net domestic migration loss of 1,500,000 was more than the population of the cities (municipalities) of San Francisco and Sacramento combined. Perhaps it is good news that the net domestic migration loss dropped to 66,000 in 2011, less than half the annual rate in the previous decade. California ranked 49th in net domestic migration in 2011, an improvement from its 50th place position in 2001 through 2009.
Read the entire article on Joel Kotkin’s New Geography Web site.