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How Many Californians Have Come to Idaho? Main Idaho Real Estate Insights

The Gem State is one of the top destinations for Californians leaving their state, according to a new report.

The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research ranks Idaho at No. 7 for net migration from California and says the influx is because Idaho is better managed and presents more economic opportunity than California.

Idaho gained about 54,000 people from California between 2000 and 2010, according to the report, which is based on federal tax data. The largest number came from Los Angeles and Orange counties, and the largest number moved to Idaho between 2004 and 2007, during the real estate boom. From those newcomers, Idaho gained a net aggregate income of $1.3 million, the report said.

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.

“Migration choices reveal an important truth: Some states understand how to get richer, while others seem to have lost the touch,” the report said. “People will follow economic opportunity. The theme is clear in the data: States that provide the most opportunity draw the most people.”

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Posted by tlangford at 9/27/2012 1:03:00 PM
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