It appears the Oranges of Wrath scenario playing out in Florida is not simply a local phenomenon.
08:27 AM CST on Sunday, January 11, 2009
**Los Angeles Times **
They said, “Go west,” but many Californians are going north, south and east.
For the fourth consecutive year, more residents left the Golden State than moved there from other states, according to a December report by the California Department of Finance.
The outflow – last seen during the economic and social struggles of the 1990s – started when it became too expensive for most people to buy homes in the state.
The trend underscores the state’s sour economy, as layoffs continue, the fiscal strain on government grows and home values decline.
While more births and rising international immigration boosted California’s population 1.16 percent in 2007, the state continued its steady stream of domestic outmigration – the movement of residents of one state to others.
In the last fiscal year, 135,173 more people moved out of California than moved in from other states. Though just a drop in the bucket for a state of 38 million people, the trend is significant because such declines usually occur when working Californians decide opportunities lie elsewhere.