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Santa Clara County Migration: Where Do Residents Come From and Move To?

A new U.S. Census Bureau map of migration patterns between counties shows Santa Clara County lost more than 14,000 residents between 2006 and 2010. You might be surprised where many of them moved.

 

Are any of your new Los Altos or Los Altos Hills neighbors from a different California county or from a different state or country? Where did your old neighbors move?

Between 2006 and 2010, Santa Clara County stole new residents from far and wide: 230 people from Dane County, Wisconsin, 149 from Bernalillo County, New Mexico and another 222 people from Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

During that same period, Santa Clara County residents moved far afield, with 348 residents venturing to Hays County, Texas, another 204 moving to Canyon County, Idaho and 118 moving to Duval County, Florida.

That's just a sliver of the migration patterns to and from Santa Clara County between 2006 and 2010, according to a U.S. Census Bureau interactive map that went live last month, emphasizing just how far flung movements are between Santa Clara County and the rest of the country.

During the survey period, 11,581 people moved to Santa Clara County from elsewhere and 25,754 moved elsewhere from here – for a net loss of 14,173 people.

Of those who moved here, 2,370 did so from within California, while 13,883 of those who moved away from Santa Clara County stayed in California, with 1,829 resident leaving for Yolo County, 1,329 for Merced County and 1,220 for San Diego County. Beyond California, Santa Clara County lost the highest number of residents to Maricopa County, Arizona, with 1,130 residents moving there between 2006 and 2010.

San Mateo and Santa Barbara counties sent the most residents to Santa Clara County at 745 and 707, respectively. Cook County, Illinois, and San Bernardino County, California were next at 465 and 367 residents, respectively.

Use the search box above to pick a state and county and see how many residents San Clara County gained from or lost to counties in California or across the country. Click here to use the Census Bureau’s map to investigate migration patterns across the country in greater detail.

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