It’s no secret that people have been moving out of the San Francisco en masse. SFist reported back in July that the people leaving are mostly white folks in their twenties. But plenty of people are coming in to replace them. So if so many people are leaving, where are the millennials who choose to brave the Bay coming from? [SPONSORED]
Numbers just released by the U.S. Census Bureau in partnership with Harvard University show most are just moving around from within the state. 5.1% of the people born between 1984 and 1992 who now live in San Francisco moved there from Los Angeles, for instance.
That birth year range leaves out a small chunk of millennials but encompasses the majority of the group – millennials as a whole include those born between 1981 and 1998. The data investigates where each person studied lived when they were 16 years old, comparing it with where the live at age 26.
3.5% of people in that category studied by the Census Bureau were in Sacramento a few years ago, and 3% moved from San Jose. People who lived in San Diego as teenagers make up 1.2% of the people who live in San Francisco at age 26, and people from Santa Rosa are close behind at 1.1%.
The areas in the next-top spots don’t come close to the numbers represented by those who stayed within the Golden State when they moved. The Census Bureau says 0.86% of millennials living in San Francisco emigrated from Seattle. Chicagoans are close behind at 0.84% and Bostonians nearly equal that by making up 0.83% of San Francisco’s new population. As the Chronicle points out, those movements make sense, since those areas share many commonalities with San Francisco, such as having a high number of people who work in tech.
One surprising find from the data was that people from Hawaii who fell into the specified age group were more likely to move from San Francisco than millennials from any other state. Less surprising is that the South, including Mississippi, West Virginia, and Kentucky did not send many people to San Fran.
Honorable mentions for new SF residents include those who moved from New York City (0.8%), Washington, D.C. (0.7%), Newark (0.6%), followed by Bridgeport, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Phoenix, which all rank at 0.5% of San Francisco’s population.
As for those moving from within California, next on the list are Fresno (0.7%), Santa Barbara (0.5%), Chico (0.3%), and Bakersfield (0.2%).