People from these metros are finding new jobs in Santa Cruz

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April 15, 2022
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People from these metros are finding new jobs in Santa Cruz

The COVID-19 pandemic has truly changed the way we think about the nature of work, and in particular, where we live versus where we’re employed. Pre-pandemic, telecommuting or work-from-home situations existed, but they weren’t the norm. Nearly 6 in 10 Americans rarely or never telecommuted pre-pandemic. Months later, just over half of workers who could were telecommuting. Although vaccines were on the horizon—and with that, an imminent return to office life—many still preferred this new way of working.

Employees discovered that working from home certainly had an upside. No more long, stressful commute. They were more productive. Having more flexibility with time allowed them to better manage a household. For those who live in expensive real estate markets, the pandemic has provided an opportunity to make the leap to a more affordable city without sacrificing a big-city paycheck.

While many employers want to bring workers back to the office in some capacity, the work-from-home trend is likely here to stay. With it, smaller cities may continue to boom, as people leave larger cities for a different lifestyle. So, where in your state are people coming to settle and enjoy this new work-from-anywhere style of living? To find out, Stacker compiled a list of metros where the most people are finding new jobs in Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Jobs-to-Jobs Flows. Metros are ranked by the number of people that started a new job in Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA in the first quarter of 2021.

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#20. Reno, NV

- Started a new job in Santa Cruz from Reno in Q1 2021: 14
--- #68 (tie) most common destination from Reno
- Started a new job in Reno from Santa Cruz in Q1 2021: 7
--- 0.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 7 to Santa Cruz
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#19. Merced, CA

- Started a new job in Santa Cruz from Merced in Q1 2021: 14
--- #17 most common destination from Merced
- Started a new job in Merced from Santa Cruz in Q1 2021: 19
--- 1.0% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 5 to Merced
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#18. Bakersfield, CA

- Started a new job in Santa Cruz from Bakersfield in Q1 2021: 15
--- #28 most common destination from Bakersfield
- Started a new job in Bakersfield from Santa Cruz in Q1 2021: 21
--- 1.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 6 to Bakersfield
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#17. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA

- Started a new job in Santa Cruz from San Luis Obispo in Q1 2021: 16
--- #15 most common destination from San Luis Obispo
- Started a new job in San Luis Obispo from Santa Cruz in Q1 2021: 28
--- 1.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 12 to San Luis Obispo
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#16. Vallejo, CA

- Started a new job in Santa Cruz from Vallejo in Q1 2021: 17
--- #23 most common destination from Vallejo
- Started a new job in Vallejo from Santa Cruz in Q1 2021: 16
--- 0.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 1 to Santa Cruz

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#15. Visalia, CA

- Started a new job in Santa Cruz from Visalia in Q1 2021: 19
--- #25 (tie) most common destination from Visalia
- Started a new job in Visalia from Santa Cruz in Q1 2021: 15
--- 0.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 4 to Santa Cruz
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#14. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

- Started a new job in Santa Cruz from Santa Maria in Q1 2021: 20
--- #13 most common destination from Santa Maria
- Started a new job in Santa Maria from Santa Cruz in Q1 2021: 99
--- 5.0% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 79 to Santa Maria
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#13. Non-metropolitan area(s), CA

- Started a new job in Santa Cruz from Non in Q1 2021: 23
--- #28 most common destination from Non
- Started a new job in Non from Santa Cruz in Q1 2021: 26
--- 1.3% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 3 to Non
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#12. Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA

- Started a new job in Santa Cruz from Santa Rosa in Q1 2021: 27
--- #22 most common destination from Santa Rosa
- Started a new job in Santa Rosa from Santa Cruz in Q1 2021: 23
--- 1.2% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 4 to Santa Cruz
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#11. Modesto, CA

- Started a new job in Santa Cruz from Modesto in Q1 2021: 31
--- #21 (tie) most common destination from Modesto
- Started a new job in Modesto from Santa Cruz in Q1 2021: 31
--- 1.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 0 to Santa Cruz

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#10. Fresno, CA

- Started a new job in Santa Cruz from Fresno in Q1 2021: 45
--- #23 most common destination from Fresno
- Started a new job in Fresno from Santa Cruz in Q1 2021: 38
--- 1.9% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 7 to Santa Cruz
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#9. Stockton, CA

- Started a new job in Santa Cruz from Stockton in Q1 2021: 56
--- #18 most common destination from Stockton
- Started a new job in Stockton from Santa Cruz in Q1 2021: 61
--- 3.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 5 to Stockton
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#8. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

- Started a new job in Santa Cruz from Riverside in Q1 2021: 57
--- #35 most common destination from Riverside
- Started a new job in Riverside from Santa Cruz in Q1 2021: 56
--- 2.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 1 to Santa Cruz
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#7. San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA

- Started a new job in Santa Cruz from San Diego in Q1 2021: 80
--- #44 (tie) most common destination from San Diego
- Started a new job in San Diego from Santa Cruz in Q1 2021: 62
--- 3.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 18 to Santa Cruz
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#6. Sacramento-Roseville-Folsom, CA

- Started a new job in Santa Cruz from Sacramento in Q1 2021: 93
--- #31 most common destination from Sacramento
- Started a new job in Sacramento from Santa Cruz in Q1 2021: 108
--- 5.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 15 to Sacramento

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#5. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

- Started a new job in Santa Cruz from Oxnard in Q1 2021: 137
--- #10 most common destination from Oxnard
- Started a new job in Oxnard from Santa Cruz in Q1 2021: 129
--- 6.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 8 to Santa Cruz
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#4. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

- Started a new job in Santa Cruz from Los Angeles in Q1 2021: 167
--- #36 most common destination from Los Angeles
- Started a new job in Los Angeles from Santa Cruz in Q1 2021: 198
--- 10.0% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 31 to Los Angeles
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#3. Salinas, CA

- Started a new job in Santa Cruz from Salinas in Q1 2021: 281
--- #5 most common destination from Salinas
- Started a new job in Salinas from Santa Cruz in Q1 2021: 313
--- 15.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 32 to Salinas
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#2. San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA

- Started a new job in Santa Cruz from San Francisco in Q1 2021: 307
--- #17 most common destination from San Francisco
- Started a new job in San Francisco from Santa Cruz in Q1 2021: 380
--- 19.2% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 73 to San Francisco
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#1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

- Started a new job in Santa Cruz from San Jose in Q1 2021: 326
--- #9 most common destination from San Jose
- Started a new job in San Jose from Santa Cruz in Q1 2021: 348
--- 17.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 22 to San Jose

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