Where people in Santa Cruz are moving to most

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May 17, 2022
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Where people in Santa Cruz are moving to most

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

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#50. Modesto, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Modesto in 2015-2019: 37
- Migration from Modesto to Santa Cruz: 138 (#22 most common destination from Modesto)
- Net migration: 101 to Santa Cruz
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#49. Boulder, CO Metro Area

- Migration to Boulder in 2015-2019: 38
- Migration from Boulder to Santa Cruz: 0
- Net migration: 38 to Boulder
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#48. Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area

- Migration to Buffalo in 2015-2019: 38
- Migration from Buffalo to Santa Cruz: 0
- Net migration: 38 to Buffalo
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#47. Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area

- Migration to Raleigh in 2015-2019: 40
- Migration from Raleigh to Santa Cruz: 0
- Net migration: 40 to Raleigh
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#46. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area

- Migration to Philadelphia in 2015-2019: 40
- Migration from Philadelphia to Santa Cruz: 45 (#202 most common destination from Philadelphia)
- Net migration: 5 to Santa Cruz

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#45. Terre Haute, IN Metro Area

- Migration to Terre Haute in 2015-2019: 41
- Migration from Terre Haute to Santa Cruz: 0
- Net migration: 41 to Terre Haute
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#44. Twin Falls, ID Metro Area

- Migration to Twin Falls in 2015-2019: 43
- Migration from Twin Falls to Santa Cruz: 0
- Net migration: 43 to Twin Falls
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#43. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area

- Migration to Charlotte in 2015-2019: 44
- Migration from Charlotte to Santa Cruz: 3 (#269 most common destination from Charlotte)
- Net migration: 41 to Charlotte
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#42. Boise City, ID Metro Area

- Migration to Boise City in 2015-2019: 45
- Migration from Boise City to Santa Cruz: 59 (#75 most common destination from Boise City)
- Net migration: 14 to Santa Cruz
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#41. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY Metro Area

- Migration to Albany in 2015-2019: 46
- Migration from Albany to Santa Cruz: 0
- Net migration: 46 to Albany

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#40. Asheville, NC Metro Area

- Migration to Asheville in 2015-2019: 50
- Migration from Asheville to Santa Cruz: 9 (#134 most common destination from Asheville)
- Net migration: 41 to Asheville
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#39. Corvallis, OR Metro Area

- Migration to Corvallis in 2015-2019: 52
- Migration from Corvallis to Santa Cruz: 19 (#53 most common destination from Corvallis)
- Net migration: 33 to Corvallis
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#38. Colorado Springs, CO Metro Area

- Migration to Colorado Springs in 2015-2019: 52
- Migration from Colorado Springs to Santa Cruz: 42 (#160 most common destination from Colorado Springs)
- Net migration: 10 to Colorado Springs
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#37. Champaign-Urbana, IL Metro Area

- Migration to Champaign in 2015-2019: 59
- Migration from Champaign to Santa Cruz: 5 (#127 most common destination from Champaign)
- Net migration: 54 to Champaign
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#36. Bakersfield, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Bakersfield in 2015-2019: 63
- Migration from Bakersfield to Santa Cruz: 76 (#56 most common destination from Bakersfield)
- Net migration: 13 to Santa Cruz

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#35. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago in 2015-2019: 63
- Migration from Chicago to Santa Cruz: 96 (#218 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 33 to Santa Cruz
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#34. Grants Pass, OR Metro Area

- Migration to Grants Pass in 2015-2019: 72
- Migration from Grants Pass to Santa Cruz: 0
- Net migration: 72 to Grants Pass
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#33. Stockton, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Stockton in 2015-2019: 75
- Migration from Stockton to Santa Cruz: 128 (#29 most common destination from Stockton)
- Net migration: 53 to Santa Cruz
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#32. Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater, WA Metro Area

- Migration to Olympia in 2015-2019: 76
- Migration from Olympia to Santa Cruz: 67 (#45 most common destination from Olympia)
- Net migration: 9 to Olympia
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#31. Bellingham, WA Metro Area

- Migration to Bellingham in 2015-2019: 78
- Migration from Bellingham to Santa Cruz: 0
- Net migration: 78 to Bellingham

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#30. Madera, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Madera in 2015-2019: 82
- Migration from Madera to Santa Cruz: 0
- Net migration: 82 to Madera
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#29. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metro Area

- Migration to Denver in 2015-2019: 90
- Migration from Denver to Santa Cruz: 63 (#177 most common destination from Denver)
- Net migration: 27 to Denver
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#28. Chico, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Chico in 2015-2019: 99
- Migration from Chico to Santa Cruz: 85 (#22 most common destination from Chico)
- Net migration: 14 to Chico
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#27. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV Metro Area

- Migration to Las Vegas in 2015-2019: 100
- Migration from Las Vegas to Santa Cruz: 31 (#197 most common destination from Las Vegas)
- Net migration: 69 to Las Vegas
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#26. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area

- Migration to New York in 2015-2019: 104
- Migration from New York to Santa Cruz: 318 (#154 most common destination from New York)
- Net migration: 214 to Santa Cruz

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#25. Grand Rapids-Kentwood, MI Metro Area

- Migration to Grand Rapids in 2015-2019: 119
- Migration from Grand Rapids to Santa Cruz: 9 (#175 most common destination from Grand Rapids)
- Net migration: 110 to Grand Rapids
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#24. Fresno, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Fresno in 2015-2019: 120
- Migration from Fresno to Santa Cruz: 170 (#29 most common destination from Fresno)
- Net migration: 50 to Santa Cruz
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#23. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA Metro Area

- Migration to San Luis Obispo in 2015-2019: 132
- Migration from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz: 157 (#18 most common destination from San Luis Obispo)
- Net migration: 25 to Santa Cruz
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#22. Eugene-Springfield, OR Metro Area

- Migration to Eugene in 2015-2019: 135
- Migration from Eugene to Santa Cruz: 0
- Net migration: 135 to Eugene
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#21. Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ Metro Area

- Migration to Phoenix in 2015-2019: 146
- Migration from Phoenix to Santa Cruz: 50 (#235 most common destination from Phoenix)
- Net migration: 96 to Phoenix

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

- Migration to Portland in 2015-2019: 147
- Migration from Portland to Santa Cruz: 48 (#160 most common destination from Portland)
- Net migration: 99 to Portland
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#19. Merced, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Merced in 2015-2019: 152
- Migration from Merced to Santa Cruz: 40 (#39 most common destination from Merced)
- Net migration: 112 to Merced
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#18. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Oxnard in 2015-2019: 155
- Migration from Oxnard to Santa Cruz: 180 (#30 most common destination from Oxnard)
- Net migration: 25 to Santa Cruz
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#17. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH Metro Area

- Migration to Boston in 2015-2019: 169
- Migration from Boston to Santa Cruz: 54 (#170 most common destination from Boston)
- Net migration: 115 to Boston
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#16. Vallejo, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Vallejo in 2015-2019: 172
- Migration from Vallejo to Santa Cruz: 72 (#41 most common destination from Vallejo)
- Net migration: 100 to Vallejo

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#15. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metro Area

- Migration to Dallas in 2015-2019: 174
- Migration from Dallas to Santa Cruz: 52 (#238 most common destination from Dallas)
- Net migration: 122 to Dallas
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#14. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Riverside in 2015-2019: 184
- Migration from Riverside to Santa Cruz: 382 (#64 most common destination from Riverside)
- Net migration: 198 to Santa Cruz
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#13. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area

- Migration to Washington in 2015-2019: 223
- Migration from Washington to Santa Cruz: 145 (#184 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 78 to Washington
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#12. Reno, NV Metro Area

- Migration to Reno in 2015-2019: 234
- Migration from Reno to Santa Cruz: 28 (#95 most common destination from Reno)
- Net migration: 206 to Reno
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#11. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Maria in 2015-2019: 245
- Migration from Santa Maria to Santa Cruz: 98 (#38 most common destination from Santa Maria)
- Net migration: 147 to Santa Maria

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#10. Salt Lake City, UT Metro Area

- Migration to Salt Lake City in 2015-2019: 297
- Migration from Salt Lake City to Santa Cruz: 42 (#114 most common destination from Salt Lake City)
- Net migration: 255 to Salt Lake City
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#9. Redding, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Redding in 2015-2019: 352
- Migration from Redding to Santa Cruz: 60 (#30 most common destination from Redding)
- Net migration: 292 to Redding
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#8. San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA Metro Area

- Migration to San Diego in 2015-2019: 375
- Migration from San Diego to Santa Cruz: 628 (#45 most common destination from San Diego)
- Net migration: 253 to Santa Cruz
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#7. Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Santa Rosa in 2015-2019: 432
- Migration from Santa Rosa to Santa Cruz: 194 (#25 most common destination from Santa Rosa)
- Net migration: 238 to Santa Rosa
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#6. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area

- Migration to Seattle in 2015-2019: 436
- Migration from Seattle to Santa Cruz: 171 (#114 most common destination from Seattle)
- Net migration: 265 to Seattle
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#5. Sacramento-Roseville-Folsom, CA Metro Area

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

- Migration to Los Angeles in 2015-2019: 1,019
- Migration from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz: 1,644 (#33 most common destination from Los Angeles)
- Net migration: 625 to Santa Cruz
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#3. Salinas, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Salinas in 2015-2019: 1,706
- Migration from Salinas to Santa Cruz: 825 (#5 most common destination from Salinas)
- Net migration: 881 to Salinas
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#2. San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA Metro Area

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

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

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