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Idaho No. 7 For California Invasion

The Gem State is one of the top destinations for Californians leaving their state, according to a new report. The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research ranks Idaho at No. 7 for net migration from California and says the influx is because Idaho is better managed and presents more economic opportunity than California. Idaho gained about 54,000 people from California between 2000 and 2010, according to the report, which is based on federal tax data. The largest number came from Los Angeles and Orange counties, and the largest number moved to Idaho between 2004 and 2007, during the real estate boom. From those newcomers, Idaho gained a net aggregate income of $1.3 million, the report said. The main reasons for the Californian exodus are jobs, lower taxes and costs to employers such as utilities, the report said/Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo of ex-California governor Arnold Schwarzenneger, who has visited Idaho but hasn't moved here)

DFO: I wonder how many ex-Californians have moved here and gotten involved in Republican politics?

Question: Are you an ex-Californian?

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