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How Many Among Us Are Native Oregonians?

If you were born in Oregon and still living in the state, you’re actually in the minority.

The New York Times’ Upshot blog took on the task of figuring out where people living in a state are actually from, starting in 1900. Only 46 percent of the population are Oregon natives.

Any guesses as to the largest transplant population in Oregon?

Yes, it’s Californians — you weren’t just imagining it. About 14 percent of Oregonians in 2012 were actually born in the Golden State, which has been a rising trend since the 1950s. Before World War II, only about 3 percent of the population was from down south.

Oregon has consistently had between 5 and 6 percent of people coming from Washington since the 1930s.

The New York Times' Upshot blog

Oregonians who moved for one reason or another aren’t going too far from home. The largest concentration of former Beaver State residents are living in Idaho (4 percent of the population) and Washington state (also at 4 percent). Two percent ventured up to Alaska.

Other states in the Pacific Northwest are in the same position as Oregon, having greater populations of transplants than natives within their borders. On the opposite end of the spectrum, most people in the Southeast and the Midwest stay put after being born there. 

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