California has been among the top 10 outbound states for the five last years, according to Allied Moving.

 California Second-Highest Outbound State in Country during 2021

Is “California Dreamin'” now past tense?

We’ve written about this question and topic before but now, both the topic and question seem more relevant than ever.


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According to the 2021 Allied x Zillow Magnet States Report, California was the second-most outbound state in the country.  Take a look at all the top outbound states in 2021:

  • Illinois – 68%
  • California – 66%
  • New Jersey – 63%
  • Michigan – 60%
  • Pennsylvania – 58%
  • Maryland – 58%

And why are Californians dreaming of California as a paradise?  In general, housing affordability and excessive +90-minute commute times both to and from work each way.

Where Are Americans Moving To?

Many Californians living in the state’s largest cities (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose) are choosing to live in these out-of-state cities:

  • Dallas TX
  • Austin TX
  • Seattle WA
  • Phoenix AZ
  • Houston TX

All five of these cities have comparatively lower housing costs, and stand-alone strong job markets, lively cultural and arts scenes and access to multiple outside/nature pursuits.

If not to these specific above-mentioned cities, many Californians are moving to these states:

  • Arizona
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Florida

Remote Work Enables Relocation

Many industry experts point to increasing remote work opportunities as the primary enabler of Californians specifically and workers in general being able to relocate to less expensive parts of the country.

One topic not covered by this 2021 Allied x Zillow Magnet States Report is information about the number of Californians moving within the state. Smaller cities in California such as Fresno, San Luis Obispo and Modesto have watched their populations (and home prices) swell dramatically as remote workers relocate from the state’s largest cities to get more bang for their housing bucks without having to change state residency.

No doubt the research partnership Allied and Zillow have formed around this topic of relocation will, in the near term,  look at California movers within the Golden State as well as away from it.

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