Elon Musk says he’s left California for Texas, following a wave of 687,626 folks who made the same move in the last decade.

The serial entrepreneur — who’s become the world’s second-wealthiest man — announced he’s relocating from the Golden State where he’s founded two game-changing manufacturers: automaker Tesla and aerospace’s Space X. Musk has had numerous spats with state government over what he sees are anti-business policies. The companies’ California operations remain.

Musk joins a surging tide of Californians moving to Texas, a state known for a fast-growth economy, conservative politics, no income taxes and pro-business policies.

My trusty spreadsheet, filled with interstate migration data from the Census Bureau, says Texas was the destination for 11.1% of the 6.19 million Californians who left for another state between 2010 and 2019.

Last year, Texas drew 82,235 Californians — the second-highest take behind 2018 in the decade. That made Texas the No. 1 destination for ex-Californians, a flow that equaled 12.6% of 653,551 California’s 2019 exits.  To be fair, California departures fell 5.4% last year, the first drop since 2011.

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Conversely,  California has drawn 390,643 Texans in 10 years — or 7.9% of the 4.94 million new Golden State residents from elsewhere in the U.S. But that move is falling in popularity — last year’s 37,063 relocation from Texas was the third-smallest of the decade.

And when you compare the ins and outs of these moves between the nation’s two most-populated states, Texas had a net in-migration vs. California of 296,983 in the 2010s — 24% of the Golden State’s 1.25 million net outflow over 10 years.


By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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