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2. Texas

In the Manhattan Institute's report, Texas benefitted greatly from California's misfortunes. During the months of 2009-2010 alone, The Lone Star state welcomed 439,456 new residents, 48,877 of whom had come from California. Florida and Louisiana followed behind.

According to the report, the typical profile of a Californian moving to Texas in the 1990-2010 period was that of a young person with a family looking for employment. Given the state's job growth, this would have been a good bet. Recently, it has been the U.S. leader in the creation of logging and mining jobs, and it has a strong energy sector.

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