Study Shows Immigrants Outnumber Americans Among New California Residents

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California is losing its American roots.

A new study analyzing the most recent U.S. census indicates that a majority of new settlers into the state come from outside of the country instead of from another state.

The state is among the most popular destinations for immigrants, particularly the Southern California region, where foreign-born adults nearly equal the number of American residents, Governing Magazine found.

This is a stark contrast to many of its neighboring states, which continue to attract new residents from other parts of the country.

For instance, the state of Washington draws a significant number of Californians, the Sacramento Bee reported.

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Solely looking at American residents within the state, native Californians represent 64 percent of the population, but when factoring in the foreign-born individuals, the number slips to 40 percent.

These statistics indicate that more Americans are moving out of the state annually than are moving in.

This does not include undocumented immigrants, whose population is thought to be just under 3 million in California, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.

In particular, California is becoming less affordable for low-income families.

Is this going to be bad news for California in the long run?

A study found that California ranked second among average annual living costs outside of Hawaii.

As individuals with more affluence move into California, many residents are packing their bags and heading east to states like Texas and Oklahoma.

From 2005 through 2015, California lost 260,000 residents due to socioeconomic concerns.

And the lesson is obvious.

“Why are people leaving? Economic reasons, the high cost of living, are certainly a part of it,” said Hans Johnson, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.

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“For those people [near the poverty line], California is not viable.”

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