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Posted: Monday, May 23, 2011 3:29 pm | Updated: 9:59 am, Tue May 24, 2011.

So where did your neighbors go when the state’s economy tanked?

New figures Monday from the U.S. Census Bureau show a bunch of them headed west in 2009, in hopes of better times.

But the statistics also show that far more Californians decided to try their fortune here than Arizonans who moved there.

The real change appears to be a migration to the Lone Star state. More than 21,000 Arizonans decided to make Texas their new home.

And that far outstrips the number of Texans who opted to become Arizonans.

Marshall Vest, an economist at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, said some of the patterns are not surprising.

He pointed out that, other than California and Texas, some of the largest sources of new Arizonans were in the upper Midwest.

Illinois alone sent more than 13,000 of its residents to Arizona. That’s more than twice as many as the number of Arizonans who opted to go there.

And the nearly 11,000 folks from Michigan who moved to Arizona amount to more than three times the flow in the opposite direction.

Economics aside, proximity appears to be a factor in where people come from and where they go.

Aside from California, there was a pretty good net inflow into Arizona from New Mexico. Lots of folks also moved between Arizona and Nevada, with a small net positive into this state.

But the flow was decidedly away from Arizona when it came to Utah.

Vest said what surprised him were not the pure numbers but the breadth of the outward migration, with 18 states gaining more Arizonans than the number of their residents moving here.

“That’s very unusual to see that,’’ he said. Vest said that, in a normal year, Arizona might be running negative numbers with only a half-dozen other states.

The bottom line for most moves, said Vest, is that people move where there are opportunities.

“In Texas, their economy is doing a lot better because they didn’t have the housing bubble,’’ he said. Vest said the run-up of housing prices and the subsequent collapse occurred on both coasts “but it didn’t reach the middle of the country.’’

And yet, about 12,300 people opted to move from Texas to Arizona. So why they would do that?

“Good question,’’ Vest responded.

“People move for different reasons,’’ he continued. “Perhaps the people coming from Texas were retirees, where the jobs didn’t matter.’’

ARIZONA MIGRATION NUMBERS, 2009:

State
Moving to AZ
Leaving AZ
Net change
Alabama 392 1,183 -791
Alaska 2,249 1,285 964
Arizona (intrastate) 1,055,904 1,055,904 0
Arkansas 1,818 1,365 453
California 46,921 34,040 12,881
Colorado 7,836 9,378 -1,542
Connecticut 1,418 629 789
Delaware 131 494 -363
District of Columbia 890 32 858
Florida 4,931 6,104 -1,173
Georgia 6,076 1,747 4,329
Hawaii 3,943 1,153 2,790
Idaho 2,737 4,727 -1,990
Illinois 13,111 5,238 7,873
Indiana 4,992 3,790 1,202
Iowa 3,219 2,142 1,077
Kansas 2,641 2,689 -48
Kentucky 830 2,014 -1,184
Louisiana 1,741 1,687 54
Maine 806 650 156
Maryland 1,265 3,126 -1,861
Massachusetts 1,764 1,362 402
Michigan 10,923 3,123 7,800
Minnesota 6,161 2,571 3,590
Mississippi 388 242 146
Missouri 3,606 3,269 337
Montana 1,149 1,786 -637
Nebraska 3,224 1,972 1,252
Nevada 8,666 7,681 985
New Hampshire 1,114 207 907
New Jersey 2,094 1,270 824
New Mexico 8,707 2,549 6,158
New York 4,775 4,099 676
North Carolina 3,996 678 3,318
North Dakota 1,039 776 263
Ohio 4,829 3,845 984
Oklahoma 1,594 4,401 -2,807
Oregon 5,407 4,833 574
Pennsylvania 4,334 2,943 1,391
Puerto Rico 467 774 -307
Rhode Island 282 446 -164
South Carolina 914 1,378 -464
South Dakota 1,191 361 830
Tennessee 215 3,644 -3,429
Texas 12,278 21,263 -8,985
Utah 7,997 10,309 -2,312
Vermont 61 46 15
Virginia 4,521 5,651 -1,130
Washington 11,148 9,507 1,641
West Virginia 781 931 -150
Wisconsin 3,795 2,323 1,472
Wyoming 1,260 759 501

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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