3.7 million Ohio natives now make other states their homes; here’s where most ex-Buckeyes have moved

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Florida, California and Texas together are now home to more than 1 million people who were born in Ohio, the top destinations for Buckeye natives beyond bordering states.

New estimates for 2019 released earlier this month by the Census Bureau say that that close to 1-in-3 native Ohioans now live elsewhere in the United States. That’s 3.7 million people in comparison to the 8.7 Ohio natives still living in the state.

No. 1 should be no surprise. An estimated 542,969 Ohio natives now live in Florida, a combination of retirees and people who have gone there for work.

Second is California with an estimated 262,878 Ohio natives, followed by Kentucky (235,381), Texas (225,801), Indiana (203,894), Michigan (197,478), North Carolina (173,990) and Georgia (162,259).

Of course, this doesn’t mean Ohio has suffered a net loss of 3.7 million people.

People have moved here from elsewhere. But Ohio is on the negative side of the equation. After factoring in foreign moves as well, an estimated 11.7 million people live in Ohio, the nation’s seventh largest state.

Moves to Ohio largely are regional. The states with the most natives now living in Ohio are all neighboring states: Pennsylvania (236,158), West Virginia (234,050), Kentucky (234,050) and Michigan (179,303). Next is nearby New York (191,844) and then Indiana (141,158).

More common are moves to Ohio from other countries. The state is now home to an estimated 619,567 foreign born people.

Details for each state and the District of Columbia are shown below. Additionally, estimates of current Ohio residents born elsewhere in the U.S. are: America Samoa (135), Guam (827), Northern Marianas Islands (69), U.S. Virgin Islands (196) and Puerto Rico (39,405).

Rich Exner, data analysis editor for cleveland.com, writes about numbers on a variety of topics. Follow on Twitter @RichExner. Find other data-related stories at cleveland.com/datacentral or use this link for other census coverage.

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