The population of any state generally has a direct impact on their economic picture. The larger the population, the more taxes that can be collected, which results in a better infrastructure, which can, in turn, support a larger population. While the residents of many states may complain when they get a sudden influx in population, the truth is, an increase in population is a good thing for almost any state. But an influx in one state’s population also generally means a decrease in another. So in the US, where are people moving and where are they moving from?

California has long been the most populous state in the nation, offering its residents many reasons to stay. From the hustle and bustle of big-city LA to small, sleepy desert towns to mountainous regions in the high Sierras, there are few geographic features or demographics you can’t find in California. The lure of Hollywood alone has long made California a prime destination for newcomers, particularly – it seems – for east coast residents.

In 2017, California experienced an influx of just over a half a million new residents. Out of those, just over 40,000 came from Texas, with another 34,000 hailing from New York and 27,000 from Illinois. Ironically, out of the 661,000 Californians that left the state that same year, more than 63,000 departed for the Lone Star State. So, it seems that many Texans want to move to California while even more Californians seem to think the Lone Star State is the place to be.

One thing to note, however, is that while many east coasters move to California, Californians don’t seem to want to move that far east. While roughly 100,000 of California’s half-million new residents came from the east coast, more than half of California’s 600,000 emigrants moved only to bordering or nearby states such as Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and – of course – Texas.

While some businesses may force a move out east – such as Amazon’s new headquarters in Virginia – it seems that while many Californians may be willing to vacate the overpopulated state, they still have no desire to battle the bitter cold winters on the east coast. Residents of the east coast, however, seem more than happy to partake of California’s much sunnier climes and milder winter weather.