Orange County lost taxpayers to other states in 2015 at a comparative pace well below national patterns and slightly better than statewide migration trends, IRS data shows.
Migration trends have been a hot topic among people debating the quality of local life and its future. We looked at the latest available IRS migration data to give some perspective to the flow of people here. Remember, moving is common to all areas, but the vast majority of folks stay put.
Here are seven things you should know about who’s coming and going from the county:
(1) In 2015, 16,121 federal income tax filings from other states had been made by a filer who had lived in Orange County in 2014 vs. 1.156 million filers who remained in the county. Those departures equal 1.39 percent of all filers in the county — better retention than statewide (1.48 percent left California) or nationally (2.1 percent.) Just so you know, the departure rate in Texas was 2 percent.
(2) The tax data tracks movement of incomes, too. Orange County lost taxpayers with a combined adjusted gross incomes of $1.165 billion, or 1.1 percent of all local incomes. Statewide, income loss was 1.25 percent and nationally it was 1.78 percent. Texas? 1.41 percent!
(3) The county lost 30,762 filers to elsewhere in the state — 91 percent more than those who moved to another state.
(4) Movers earn less than the countywide norm. The average income of out-of-state movers was $72,243 vs. $62,055 who moved elsewhere in California vs. $91,938 for those who stayed in the county.
(5) Where did they go? Eight top destinations included: Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Diego County, San Bernardino County, Clark County (Las Vegas), Maricopa County (Phoenix), foreign lands and Santa Clara County (Silicon Valley.)
(6) How many came from another state? 13,686 moved into the county. When you subtract outbound trends from inbound, the “net” migration with other states was 2,435 filers lost, or a tiny 0.2 percent of…