States sending the most people to Washington, D.C.

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July 10, 2022
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States sending the most people to Washington, D.C.

The U.S. population between 2019 and 2020 grew at the lowest rate in 120 years—just .35%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But low population growth didn’t stop many people from moving, as western and southern states saw influxes in population while California and New York saw the biggest drops.

Stacker compiled a list of states that are sending the most people to Washington, D.C. using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. States are ranked by the number of people that moved to Washington, D.C. from the state in 2019.

The 2019 National Movers Study found that the states with the most inbound moves were Vermont, Idaho, Oregon, Arizona, and South Carolina. Keep reading to find out which states are sending the most people to Washington, D.C..

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#30. Minnesota

- Moved from Minnesota to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 278
--- 0.5% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #41 most common destination from Minnesota
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Minnesota in 2019: 209
--- #31 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#29. Arizona

- Moved from Arizona to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 291
--- 0.5% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #48 most common destination from Arizona
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Arizona in 2019: 239
--- #28 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#28. West Virginia

- Moved from West Virginia to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 324
--- 0.6% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #24 most common destination from West Virginia
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to West Virginia in 2019: 154
--- #34 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#27. Alaska

- Moved from Alaska to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 338
--- 0.6% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #33 most common destination from Alaska
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Alaska in 2019: 69
--- #38 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#26. Wisconsin

- Moved from Wisconsin to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 362
--- 0.6% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #35 most common destination from Wisconsin
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Wisconsin in 2019: 298
--- #19 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#25. Indiana

- Moved from Indiana to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 427
--- 0.7% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #37 most common destination from Indiana
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Indiana in 2019: 251
--- #26 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#24. Maine

- Moved from Maine to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 448
--- 0.8% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #22 most common destination from Maine
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Maine in 2019: 210
--- #30 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#23. Louisiana

- Moved from Louisiana to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 452
--- 0.8% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #34 most common destination from Louisiana
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Louisiana in 2019: 31
--- #40 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#22. Alabama

- Moved from Alabama to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 462
--- 0.8% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #32 most common destination from Alabama
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Alabama in 2019: 248
--- #27 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#21. New Mexico

- Moved from New Mexico to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 466
--- 0.8% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #26 most common destination from New Mexico
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to New Mexico in 2019: 32
--- #39 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#20. South Carolina

- Moved from South Carolina to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 568
--- 1.0% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #29 (tie) most common destination from South Carolina
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to South Carolina in 2019: 454
--- #15 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#19. Ohio

- Moved from Ohio to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 755
--- 1.3% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #35 most common destination from Ohio
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Ohio in 2019: 306
--- #18 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#18. Michigan

- Moved from Michigan to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 758
--- 1.3% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #31 most common destination from Michigan
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Michigan in 2019: 214
--- #29 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#17. Washington

- Moved from Washington to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 852
--- 1.4% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #37 most common destination from Washington
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Washington in 2019: 1,510
--- #8 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#16. Colorado

- Moved from Colorado to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 870
--- 1.5% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #41 most common destination from Colorado
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Colorado in 2019: 259
--- #22 (tie) most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#15. Missouri

- Moved from Missouri to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 976
--- 1.7% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #28 most common destination from Missouri
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Missouri in 2019: 74
--- #37 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#14. Tennessee

- Moved from Tennessee to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 991
--- 1.7% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #31 most common destination from Tennessee
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Tennessee in 2019: 157
--- #33 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#13. Georgia

- Moved from Georgia to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 1,190
--- 2.0% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #33 most common destination from Georgia
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Georgia in 2019: 934
--- #10 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#12. Connecticut

- Moved from Connecticut to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 1,298
--- 2.2% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #22 most common destination from Connecticut
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Connecticut in 2019: 313
--- #17 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#11. Illinois

- Moved from Illinois to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 1,361
--- 2.3% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #33 most common destination from Illinois
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Illinois in 2019: 865
--- #11 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#10. North Carolina

- Moved from North Carolina to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 1,481
--- 2.5% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #32 most common destination from North Carolina
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to North Carolina in 2019: 1,700
--- #7 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#9. Florida

- Moved from Florida to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 1,496
--- 2.5% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #42 most common destination from Florida
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Florida in 2019: 2,705
--- #5 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#8. Pennsylvania

- Moved from Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 1,718
--- 2.9% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #26 most common destination from Pennsylvania
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Pennsylvania in 2019: 1,978
--- #6 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#7. Texas

- Moved from Texas to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 2,073
--- 3.5% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #40 most common destination from Texas
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Texas in 2019: 711
--- #12 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#6. Massachusetts

- Moved from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 2,383
--- 4.0% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #21 most common destination from Massachusetts
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Massachusetts in 2019: 956
--- #9 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#5. New Jersey

- Moved from New Jersey to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 2,758
--- 4.7% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #18 most common destination from New Jersey
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to New Jersey in 2019: 629
--- #14 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#4. California

- Moved from California to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 3,437
--- 5.8% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #37 most common destination from California
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to California in 2019: 3,075
--- #4 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#3. New York

- Moved from New York to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 4,314
--- 7.3% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #20 most common destination from New York
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to New York in 2019: 3,325
--- #3 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#2. Virginia

- Moved from Virginia to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 8,828
--- 15.0% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #10 most common destination from Virginia
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Virginia in 2019: 9,540
--- #2 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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#1. Maryland

- Moved from Maryland to Washington, D.C. in 2019: 15,499
--- 26.3% of new residents that moved from another state
--- #3 most common destination from Maryland
- Moved from Washington, D.C. to Maryland in 2019: 17,718
--- #1 most common destination from Washington, D.C.

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