California, nicknamed the golden state for the gold mines found statewide now tarnished. For years California has lost population and 2009 was no different. For the census year ending July 1st California lost 98,798 people equal to the small city like Compton,CA got up and move away. The good news it far less than the peak in 2006 when California lost over 300,000 residents.
The six other states that have lost population: New York came a close second with 98,178; followed by embattled Michigan with 87,339.
Next: Illinois seen 48,249 flee The Land of Lincoln; followed up Ohio with 36,278; New Jersey the Garden State lost 31,690 to other states. Round up the list Florida, the sunshine state looking rather stormy with 31,179.