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Can you name the US States with the highest percentage of residents born in other states?
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Nov 25th, 2009 at 14:38 GMT
Learning something new! This is very surprising - I know that Phoenix for example is a very fast-growing city, and everyone retires to Florida, but I'd have thought New York and California would be there, with people moving to the big cities (and then having kids and moving out to New Jersey or Connecticut).
Nov 25th, 2009 at 16:34 GMT
This was harder than I thought it would be. For example, I thought Georgia and Texas would be on there. Then I realized that you were asking for PERCENT population born elsewhere. So even though Georgia and Texas have large influxes of people, I guess their existing populations are large enough that the influx doesn't translate into a large enough percentage to make the list. With that in mind, New Hampshire and Delaware (my two misses) make a lot of sense. Good quiz. One last question: When you say "% of Population Born in Other States", are you excluding immigrants from other countries, or are you including these with the broader definition of "state"?
Nov 25th, 2009 at 16:55 GMT
@TimeAndTide: My understanding from the source is that immigrants from other countries are not included.
Nov 26th, 2009 at 00:57 GMT
My history teacher keeps mentioning how people are pouring out of California and New York due to their high costs of living and poor economies.
Nov 26th, 2009 at 02:10 GMT
No one wants to live in Michigan
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Nov 26th, 2009 at 06:28 GMT
Alternate title suggestion: If you can type moderately fast, guess all of the states in the union.
Nov 26th, 2009 at 14:44 GMT
@Annie, that would only help the percentage if you think about it. If I'm born in California and I move out of California that's one less native born Californian to factor into the percentage equation...making the percentage of those born in another state larger.
Nov 26th, 2009 at 17:18 GMT
Ought to put DC as a bonus.
Nov 26th, 2009 at 18:46 GMT
My aunt and uncle moved to Wyoming. I figure that takes care of about 20% of that number.
Nov 27th, 2009 at 03:55 GMT
@Leo: But that's assuming that the people leaving CA and NY are the ones who are born there. To me, it seems more likely that people would move back to their home states if the quality of living in their new state isn't satisfactory. On the other hand, if you were born there and all your family and friends were there, you might be more likely to stay. That said, I'm guessing the huge populations in CA and NY are one of the reasons that the percentage on this quiz isn't higher.
Nov 27th, 2009 at 08:57 GMT
Dear Californians, Stop moving to Oregon.
Nov 29th, 2009 at 22:41 GMT
Wow, this was really hard to do right after the opposite quiz! I forgot to consider that there would be some overlap between states *to* which people move and states *from* which people move. Great idea.
Nov 30th, 2009 at 15:33 GMT
A lot tougher than I would have thought.
Dec 1st, 2009 at 18:32 GMT
Never would have guessed Delaware. "Imagine, being able to be magically whisked away to... Delaware... Hi. I'm in Delaware."
Dec 2nd, 2009 at 21:01 GMT
I didn't bother guessing Alaska because I did not think it would be an answer.
Dec 3rd, 2009 at 01:51 GMT
Who the hell is moving to Delaware? DuPont employees?
Dec 4th, 2009 at 17:26 GMT
@darksilver, add arizona to that list
Jan 18th, 2010 at 19:12 GMT
California has a proportionally large population of international immigrants. Also, it is expensive, and there is not too much room left in the Bay Area or Southern California to build new houses, and the Central Valley is hot in summer and flat. Sacramento is one of the fastest growing metro areas, however.
Jan 28th, 2010 at 19:49 GMT
I figured some of these states, but over 80%! Dang!
Apr 10th, 2010 at 19:25 GMT
Really interesting quiz. I guessed NH, since lots of MA people have moved there thinking they're getting away from crowds and traffic. I never would have come up with DE.
May 28th, 2010 at 21:21 GMT
Liberals in California, NY, NJ, and Massachusetts vote for high spending and high taxes. Then when those states' economies go down the tubes, the rats jump ship and flee to tax havens like New Hampshire and Nevada, where the process begins to repeat itself.
Jul 14th, 2010 at 09:27 GMT
Funny that a few states are on this list and the "Highest Percentage of People Born There Who Leave" quiz as well.
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