Metros sending the most people to Santa Cruz

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June 23, 2022
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Metros sending the most people to Santa Cruz

Stacker compiled a list of metros that are sending the most people to Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA Metro Area using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Metros are ranked by the estimated number of people who moved to Santa Cruz from the metro between 2015 and 2019. Ties were broken by gross migration.

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#50. Colorado Springs, CO Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Colorado Springs in 2015-2019: 42 (#160 most common destination from Colorado Springs)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Colorado Springs: 52 (#38 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 10 to Colorado Springs
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#49. Salt Lake City, UT Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Salt Lake City in 2015-2019: 42 (#114 most common destination from Salt Lake City)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Salt Lake City: 297 (#10 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 255 to Salt Lake City
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#48. Greensboro-High Point, NC Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Greensboro in 2015-2019: 43 (#75 most common destination from Greensboro)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Greensboro: 0 (#121 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 43 to Santa Cruz
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#47. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Philadelphia in 2015-2019: 45 (#202 most common destination from Philadelphia)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Philadelphia: 40 (#46 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 5 to Santa Cruz
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#46. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Bridgeport in 2015-2019: 48 (#94 most common destination from Bridgeport)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Bridgeport: 0 (#121 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 48 to Santa Cruz

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#45. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Portland in 2015-2019: 48 (#160 most common destination from Portland)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Portland: 147 (#20 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 99 to Portland
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#44. Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Phoenix in 2015-2019: 50 (#235 most common destination from Phoenix)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Phoenix: 146 (#21 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 96 to Phoenix
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#43. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Dallas in 2015-2019: 52 (#238 most common destination from Dallas)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Dallas: 174 (#15 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 122 to Dallas
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#42. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Houston in 2015-2019: 53 (#221 most common destination from Houston)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Houston: 0 (#121 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 53 to Santa Cruz
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#41. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Boston in 2015-2019: 54 (#170 most common destination from Boston)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Boston: 169 (#17 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 115 to Boston

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#40. Yuba City, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Yuba City in 2015-2019: 56 (#28 most common destination from Yuba City)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Yuba City: 5 (#96 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 51 to Santa Cruz
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#39. Urban Honolulu, HI Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Urban Honolulu in 2015-2019: 56 (#134 most common destination from Urban Honolulu)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Urban Honolulu: 10 (#84 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 46 to Santa Cruz
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#38. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Atlanta in 2015-2019: 58 (#228 most common destination from Atlanta)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Atlanta: 0 (#121 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 58 to Santa Cruz
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#37. Boise City, ID Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Boise City in 2015-2019: 59 (#75 most common destination from Boise City)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Boise City: 45 (#42 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 14 to Santa Cruz
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#36. Redding, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Redding in 2015-2019: 60 (#30 most common destination from Redding)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Redding: 352 (#9 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 292 to Redding

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#35. Pittsburgh, PA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Pittsburgh in 2015-2019: 61 (#141 most common destination from Pittsburgh)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Pittsburgh: 0 (#121 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 61 to Santa Cruz
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#34. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Denver in 2015-2019: 63 (#177 most common destination from Denver)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Denver: 90 (#29 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 27 to Denver
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#33. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Indianapolis in 2015-2019: 64 (#126 most common destination from Indianapolis)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Indianapolis: 0 (#121 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 64 to Santa Cruz
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#32. Visalia, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Visalia in 2015-2019: 64 (#29 most common destination from Visalia)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Visalia: 1 (#101 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 63 to Santa Cruz
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#31. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Miami in 2015-2019: 65 (#188 most common destination from Miami)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Miami: 33 (#52 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 32 to Santa Cruz

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#30. Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater, WA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Olympia in 2015-2019: 67 (#45 most common destination from Olympia)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Olympia: 76 (#32 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 9 to Olympia
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#29. Fort Collins, CO Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Fort Collins in 2015-2019: 68 (#53 most common destination from Fort Collins)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Fort Collins: 18 (#67 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 50 to Santa Cruz
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#28. Tucson, AZ Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Tucson in 2015-2019: 68 (#92 most common destination from Tucson)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Tucson: 31 (#54 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 37 to Santa Cruz
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#27. Vallejo, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Vallejo in 2015-2019: 72 (#41 most common destination from Vallejo)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Vallejo: 172 (#16 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 100 to Vallejo
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#26. Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Austin in 2015-2019: 75 (#126 most common destination from Austin)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Austin: 0 (#121 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 75 to Santa Cruz

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#25. Bakersfield, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Bakersfield in 2015-2019: 76 (#56 most common destination from Bakersfield)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Bakersfield: 63 (#35 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 13 to Santa Cruz
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#24. Hanford-Corcoran, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Hanford in 2015-2019: 80 (#27 most common destination from Hanford)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Hanford: 0 (#121 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 80 to Santa Cruz
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#23. Chico, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Chico in 2015-2019: 85 (#22 most common destination from Chico)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Chico: 99 (#28 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 14 to Chico
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#22. Savannah, GA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Savannah in 2015-2019: 96 (#52 most common destination from Savannah)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Savannah: 0 (#121 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 96 to Santa Cruz
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#21. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Chicago in 2015-2019: 96 (#218 most common destination from Chicago)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Chicago: 63 (#35 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 33 to Santa Cruz

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#20. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Santa Maria in 2015-2019: 98 (#38 most common destination from Santa Maria)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Santa Maria: 245 (#11 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 147 to Santa Maria
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#19. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Minneapolis in 2015-2019: 105 (#112 most common destination from Minneapolis)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Minneapolis: 19 (#66 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 86 to Santa Cruz
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#18. Grand Junction, CO Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Grand Junction in 2015-2019: 119 (#9 most common destination from Grand Junction)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Grand Junction: 0 (#121 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 119 to Santa Cruz
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#17. Stockton, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Stockton in 2015-2019: 128 (#29 most common destination from Stockton)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Stockton: 75 (#33 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 53 to Santa Cruz
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#16. Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Myrtle Beach in 2015-2019: 129 (#37 most common destination from Myrtle Beach)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Myrtle Beach: 0 (#121 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 129 to Santa Cruz

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#15. Modesto, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Modesto in 2015-2019: 138 (#22 most common destination from Modesto)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Modesto: 37 (#50 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 101 to Santa Cruz
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#14. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Washington in 2015-2019: 145 (#184 most common destination from Washington)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Washington: 223 (#13 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 78 to Washington
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#13. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from San Luis Obispo in 2015-2019: 157 (#18 most common destination from San Luis Obispo)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to San Luis Obispo: 132 (#23 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 25 to Santa Cruz
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#12. Fresno, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Fresno in 2015-2019: 170 (#29 most common destination from Fresno)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Fresno: 120 (#24 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 50 to Santa Cruz
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#11. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Seattle in 2015-2019: 171 (#114 most common destination from Seattle)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Seattle: 436 (#6 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 265 to Seattle

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#10. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Oxnard in 2015-2019: 180 (#30 most common destination from Oxnard)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Oxnard: 155 (#18 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 25 to Santa Cruz
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#9. Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Santa Rosa in 2015-2019: 194 (#25 most common destination from Santa Rosa)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa: 432 (#7 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 238 to Santa Rosa
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#8. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from New York in 2015-2019: 318 (#154 most common destination from New York)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to New York: 104 (#26 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 214 to Santa Cruz
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#7. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Riverside in 2015-2019: 382 (#64 most common destination from Riverside)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Riverside: 184 (#14 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 198 to Santa Cruz
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#6. San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from San Diego in 2015-2019: 628 (#45 most common destination from San Diego)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to San Diego: 375 (#8 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 253 to Santa Cruz

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#5. Sacramento-Roseville-Folsom, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Sacramento in 2015-2019: 825 (#23 most common destination from Sacramento)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Sacramento: 942 (#5 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 117 to Sacramento
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#4. Salinas, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Salinas in 2015-2019: 825 (#5 most common destination from Salinas)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Salinas: 1,706 (#3 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 881 to Salinas
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#3. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from Los Angeles in 2015-2019: 1,644 (#33 most common destination from Los Angeles)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles: 1,019 (#4 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 625 to Santa Cruz
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#2. San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from San Francisco in 2015-2019: 3,360 (#14 most common destination from San Francisco)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to San Francisco: 2,078 (#2 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 1,282 to Santa Cruz
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#1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Cruz from San Jose in 2015-2019: 3,757 (#4 most common destination from San Jose)
- Migration from Santa Cruz to San Jose: 2,608 (#1 most common destination from Santa Cruz)
- Net migration: 1,149 to Santa Cruz

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