California Migration Boosts Nevada Population Above 3 Million

Californians fleeing the nation's highest housing prices were key to Nevada's growth according to newly released Census data. The Las Vegas Review-Journal's reporter, editorial board, and readers all had something to say about the newcomers.

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November 30, 2019, 7:00 AM PST

By Irvin Dawid


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"More than 50,000 Californians moved to Nevada from July 2017 to July 2018, the second highest amount in the past 10 years, according to newly released U.S. Census Bureau estimates," reports Michael Scott Davidson for the 

As of 2017, the population of California was about 39.5 million, while the population of Nevada was around 3 million," wrote Richard L. Strickland of North Las Vegas on Nov. 25.

Simple arithmetic finds that 0.75 percent of Nevada residents left for California, compared to about 0.13 percent of California residents going the other way. Another way of saying this is that, per capita, about six times as many Nevadans moved to California than Californians moved to Nevada.

However, as Davidson noted above, Nevada migration to California "dropped to its lowest in the past 10 years." 

The Associated Press also reports on Nevada's population growth based on the Census Bureau's Geographic Mobility data from 2018-2019 (also posted here), citing Davidson's reporting.

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