Californians and Texans Among Largest Groups of Florida Migrants

New Yorkers and other Easterners have been known to be the largest groups of Florida migrants over the years. What have been less known is that there are two groups of westerners that have also been among these largest groups that have migrated to Florida — Texans and Californians.

 

In the 2014 Census Bureau’s State-to-State Migration survey, Texas was No. 7 in a ranking of the top sources of Florida migrants, with 25,175 of its residents moving to Florida in 2014. California was No. 11, with 23,239 of its residents moving to Florida in the same year.

Top 11 States of Origin of Florida Migrants

RANK State of Origin Number of
Migrants
1 New York 58,753
2 Georgia 42,020
3 Pennsylvania 28,841
4 Ohio 27,438
5 Virginia 25,342
6 North Carolina 25,333
7 Texas 25,175
8 Illinois 25,095
9 New Jersey 24,425
10 Michigan 23,791
11 California 23,239

12th to 25th Top States of Origin of Florida Migrants

12 Maryland 15,850
13 Alabama 15,731
14 Massachusetts 15,606
15 Tennessee 13,711
16 Connecticut 12,944
17 South Carolina 11,346
18 Indiana 10,599
19 Colorado 9,260
20 Missouri 8,481
21 Arizona 7,902
22 Alaska 7,883
23 Wisconsin 7,735
24 Kentucky 6,237
25 Mississippi 5,623

How About the Other States? How Many Residents Came from These States?

26 Minnesota 5,399
27 Oklahoma 5,296
28 Louisiana 5,179
29 Washington 4,510
30 Maine 4,293
31 New Hampshire 4,248
32 Nevada 4,024
33 Rhode Island 3,816
34 Iowa 3,728
35 West Virginia 3,313
36 Utah 2,926
37 Kansas 2,879
38 Oregon 2,797
39 Vermont 2,319
40 Hawaii 2,180
41 Arkansas 1,911
42 District of Columbia 1,897
43 Nebraska 1,785
44 Delaware 1,401
45 New Mexico 1,336
46 Idaho 915
47 North Dakota 730
48 South Dakota 693
49 Wyoming 405
50 Montana 161

% of migrants who left California and relocated to Florida

Of the 593,308 Californians who left the state in 2014, nearly 4 percent moved to Florida, making Florida one of 7 states where the largest groups of Californians moved to.

% of migrants who left Texas and moved to Florida

Of the 435,107 Texans who left the state in 2014, nearly 6 percent relocated to Florida, making Florida the third top destination of Texans in 2014, behind California and Oklahoma.

Net migration for 4 Most Populated States: Florida, California, Texas and New York

Rank State Population % of US Population
1 California 38,340,324
2 Texas 26,588,600
3 Florida 19,683,763
4 New York 19,528,220
United States 315,095,393
Rank State Inward Migration Outward Migration Net Migration
1 Florida 546,501 437,516 108,985
2 Texas 538,572 435,107 103,465
3 California 513,968 593,308 -79,340
4 New York 258,571 424,074 -165,503

Florida had the biggest gain in net migration and Texas was second.

New York had the biggest loss in net migration and California was 4th, behind biggest loser New York, 2nd biggest loser Illinois and and 3rd biggest loser New Jersey.