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Where People From Michigan are Moving to the Most

Sam Stebbins / 24/7 Wall St.

Even in the best possible circumstances, moving to a new home can be stressful. Perhaps in no small part for this reason, in recent decades Americans have become increasingly likely to stay put. Fewer than 30 million people moved within the U.S. in each of the last three years, compared to over 40 million per year for much of the 1980s and throughout the 1990s, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

While a small minority of moves in the U.S. are necessitated by an eviction or natural disaster, most are voluntary — most often for reasons related to housing. These include wanting a larger home, a more affordable home, or a home in a better neighborhood. Other commonly cited explanations include work and family.

No matter the reason, most Americans do not have to go far to get what they want. Since record keeping began in 1948, over 60% of movers remained in the same county, and over 80% in the same state. Lately, however, a larger share of American movers are crossing state lines.

According to estimates from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the number of Americans who moved to a different state has been steadily rising for over a decade. More than 8.2 million Americans moved to a different state in 2022, the most of any year since at least 2010.

The historic number of moves across state lines in 2022 was driven, in part, by moves out of Michigan. An estimated 167,900 Americans left Michigan in 2022 for a different part of the country. Some states are much more popular destinations for former-Michigan residents than others.

People from Michigan moved to every state in the country in 2022, with the exception of New Hampshire. Among the 48 states and Washington, D.C., the influx of former-Michigan residents ranged from40 to nearly 23,800.

50. New Hampshire: 0 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to New Hampshire in 2022: None
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to New Hampshire in 2022: 49,782 — 12th fewest of 50 states (0.00% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 1,395,231 (10th smallest of 50 states)

49. Alaska: 40 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Alaska in 2022: 40 (0.02% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Alaska in 2022: 36,563 — 5th fewest of 50 states (0.11% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 733,583 (3rd smallest of 50 states)

48. Wyoming: 47 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Wyoming in 2022: 47 (0.03% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Wyoming in 2022: 28,948 — 2nd fewest of 50 states (0.16% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 581,381 (the smallest of 50 states)

47. North Dakota: 124 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to North Dakota in 2022: 124 (0.07% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to North Dakota in 2022: 34,536 — 4th fewest of 50 states (0.36% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 779,261 (4th smallest of 50 states)

46. Rhode Island: 158 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Rhode Island in 2022: 158 (0.09% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Rhode Island in 2022: 40,311 — 6th fewest of 50 states (0.39% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 1,093,734 (7th smallest of 50 states)

45. Vermont: 201 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Vermont in 2022: 201 (0.12% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Vermont in 2022: 26,151 — the fewest of 50 states (0.77% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 647,064 (2nd smallest of 50 states)

44. Nebraska: 235 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Nebraska in 2022: 235 (0.14% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Nebraska in 2022: 49,159 — 11th fewest of 50 states (0.48% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 1,967,923 (14th smallest of 50 states)

43. Maine: 311 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Maine in 2022: 311 (0.19% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Maine in 2022: 41,618 — 7th fewest of 50 states (0.75% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 1,385,340 (9th smallest of 50 states)

42. New Mexico: 364 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to New Mexico in 2022: 364 (0.22% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to New Mexico in 2022: 72,095 — 15th fewest of 50 states (0.50% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 2,113,344 (15th smallest of 50 states)

41. South Dakota: 375 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to South Dakota in 2022: 375 (0.22% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to South Dakota in 2022: 31,300 — 3rd fewest of 50 states (1.20% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 909,824 (5th smallest of 50 states)

40. Arkansas: 405 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Arkansas in 2022: 405 (0.24% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Arkansas in 2022: 86,375 — 18th fewest of 50 states (0.47% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 3,045,637 (18th smallest of 50 states)

39. Delaware: 462 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Delaware in 2022: 462 (0.28% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Delaware in 2022: 46,162 — 9th fewest of 50 states (1.00% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 1,018,396 (6th smallest of 50 states)

38. Montana: 490 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Montana in 2022: 490 (0.29% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Montana in 2022: 48,165 — 10th fewest of 50 states (1.02% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 1,122,867 (8th smallest of 50 states)

37. Mississippi: 512 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Mississippi in 2022: 512 (0.30% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Mississippi in 2022: 69,948 — 14th fewest of 50 states (0.73% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 2,940,057 (17th smallest of 50 states)

36. Idaho: 523 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Idaho in 2022: 523 (0.31% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Idaho in 2022: 87,949 — 19th fewest of 50 states (0.59% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 1,939,033 (13th smallest of 50 states)

35. Hawaii: 524 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Hawaii in 2022: 524 (0.31% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Hawaii in 2022: 56,209 — 13th fewest of 50 states (0.93% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 1,440,196 (11th smallest of 50 states)

34. Oklahoma: 770 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Oklahoma in 2022: 770 (0.46% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Oklahoma in 2022: 117,788 — 24th fewest of 50 states (0.65% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 4,019,800 (23rd smallest of 50 states)

33. Kansas: 936 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Kansas in 2022: 936 (0.56% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Kansas in 2022: 94,208 — 21st fewest of 50 states (0.99% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 2,937,150 (16th smallest of 50 states)

32. New Jersey: 985 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to New Jersey in 2022: 985 (0.59% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to New Jersey in 2022: 175,023 — 16th most of 50 states (0.56% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 9,261,699 (11th largest of 50 states)

31. Alabama: 1,033 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Alabama in 2022: 1,033 (0.62% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Alabama in 2022: 139,263 — 23rd most of 50 states (0.74% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 5,074,296 (24th largest of 50 states)

30. West Virginia: 1,056 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to West Virginia in 2022: 1,056 (0.63% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to West Virginia in 2022: 43,493 — 8th fewest of 50 states (2.43% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 1,775,156 (12th smallest of 50 states)

29. Oregon: 1,139 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Oregon in 2022: 1,139 (0.68% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Oregon in 2022: 128,359 — 24th most of 50 states (0.89% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 4,240,137 (24th smallest of 50 states)

28. Missouri: 1,170 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Missouri in 2022: 1,170 (0.70% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Missouri in 2022: 163,254 — 18th most of 50 states (0.72% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 6,177,957 (18th largest of 50 states)

27. Utah: 1,263 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Utah in 2022: 1,263 (0.75% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Utah in 2022: 91,341 — 20th fewest of 50 states (1.38% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 3,380,800 (21st smallest of 50 states)

26. District of Columbia: 1,337 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to District of Columbia in 2022: 1,337 (0.80% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to District of Columbia in 2022: 64,506 (2.07% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 671,803

25. Maryland: 1,470 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Maryland in 2022: 1,470 (0.88% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Maryland in 2022: 139,784 — 22nd most of 50 states (1.05% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 6,164,660 (19th largest of 50 states)

24. South Carolina: 1,829 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to South Carolina in 2022: 1,829 (1.09% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to South Carolina in 2022: 219,707 — 14th most of 50 states (0.83% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 5,282,634 (23rd largest of 50 states)

23. Minnesota: 1,923 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Minnesota in 2022: 1,923 (1.15% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Minnesota in 2022: 117,016 — 23rd fewest of 50 states (1.64% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 5,717,184 (22nd largest of 50 states)

22. Iowa: 1,932 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Iowa in 2022: 1,932 (1.15% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Iowa in 2022: 72,231 — 16th fewest of 50 states (2.67% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 3,200,517 (20th smallest of 50 states)

21. Louisiana: 2,062 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Louisiana in 2022: 2,062 (1.23% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Louisiana in 2022: 75,330 — 17th fewest of 50 states (2.74% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 4,590,241 (25th largest of 50 states)

20. Kentucky: 2,458 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Kentucky in 2022: 2,458 (1.46% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Kentucky in 2022: 113,197 — 22nd fewest of 50 states (2.17% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 4,512,310 (25th smallest of 50 states)

19. Nevada: 2,675 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Nevada in 2022: 2,675 (1.59% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Nevada in 2022: 127,406 — 25th most of 50 states (2.10% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 3,177,772 (19th smallest of 50 states)

18. Massachusetts: 2,683 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Massachusetts in 2022: 2,683 (1.60% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Massachusetts in 2022: 171,077 — 17th most of 50 states (1.57% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 6,981,974 (16th largest of 50 states)

17. Connecticut: 3,100 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Connecticut in 2022: 3,100 (1.85% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Connecticut in 2022: 145,315 — 21st most of 50 states (2.13% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 3,626,205 (22nd smallest of 50 states)

16. Pennsylvania: 3,322 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Pennsylvania in 2022: 3,322 (1.98% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Pennsylvania in 2022: 262,700 — 9th most of 50 states (1.26% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 12,972,008 (5th largest of 50 states)

15. Washington: 3,541 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Washington in 2022: 3,541 (2.11% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Washington in 2022: 248,355 — 10th most of 50 states (1.43% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 7,785,786 (13th largest of 50 states)

14. Colorado: 3,711 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Colorado in 2022: 3,711 (2.21% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Colorado in 2022: 229,876 — 11th most of 50 states (1.61% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 5,839,926 (21st largest of 50 states)

13. Virginia: 3,808 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Virginia in 2022: 3,808 (2.27% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Virginia in 2022: 266,970 — 8th most of 50 states (1.43% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 8,683,619 (12th largest of 50 states)

12. New York: 3,851 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to New York in 2022: 3,851 (2.29% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to New York in 2022: 301,461 — 6th most of 50 states (1.28% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 19,677,151 (4th largest of 50 states)

11. Wisconsin: 4,250 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Wisconsin in 2022: 4,250 (2.53% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Wisconsin in 2022: 120,434 — 25th fewest of 50 states (3.53% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 5,892,539 (20th largest of 50 states)

10. North Carolina: 4,295 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to North Carolina in 2022: 4,295 (2.56% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to North Carolina in 2022: 341,582 — 4th most of 50 states (1.26% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 10,698,973 (9th largest of 50 states)

9. Georgia: 5,816 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Georgia in 2022: 5,816 (3.46% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Georgia in 2022: 327,795 — 5th most of 50 states (1.77% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 10,912,876 (8th largest of 50 states)

8. Tennessee: 5,843 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Tennessee in 2022: 5,843 (3.48% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Tennessee in 2022: 225,969 — 13th most of 50 states (2.59% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 7,051,339 (15th largest of 50 states)

7. Arizona: 7,449 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Arizona in 2022: 7,449 (4.44% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Arizona in 2022: 282,729 — 7th most of 50 states (2.63% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 7,359,197 (14th largest of 50 states)

6. California: 11,714 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to California in 2022: 11,714 (6.98% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to California in 2022: 475,803 — 3rd most of 50 states (2.46% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 39,029,342 (the largest of 50 states)

5. Illinois: 12,283 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Illinois in 2022: 12,283 (7.32% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Illinois in 2022: 228,308 — 12th most of 50 states (5.38% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 12,582,032 (6th largest of 50 states)

4. Ohio: 12,753 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Ohio in 2022: 12,753 (7.60% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Ohio in 2022: 200,809 — 15th most of 50 states (6.35% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 11,756,058 (7th largest of 50 states)

3. Indiana: 13,184 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Indiana in 2022: 13,184 (7.85% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Indiana in 2022: 149,331 — 20th most of 50 states (8.83% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 6,833,037 (17th largest of 50 states)

2. Texas: 13,692 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Texas in 2022: 13,692 (8.16% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Texas in 2022: 668,338 — 2nd most of 50 states (2.05% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 30,029,572 (2nd largest of 50 states)

1. Florida: 23,781 people from Michigan

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  • People from Michigan who moved to Florida in 2022: 23,781 (14.17% of outbound moves from Michigan)
  • Total num. of Americans who moved to Florida in 2022: 738,969 — the most of 50 states (3.22% from Michigan)
  • Total population in 2022: 22,244,823 (3rd largest of 50 states)
Rank Geography New residents from Michigan in 2022 Share of all outbound moves from Michigan in 2022 (%) Share of all inbound moves from Michigan in 2022 (%)
50 New Hampshire 0 0.00 0.00
49 Alaska 40 0.02 0.11
48 Wyoming 47 0.03 0.16
47 North Dakota 124 0.07 0.36
46 Rhode Island 158 0.09 0.39
45 Vermont 201 0.12 0.77
44 Nebraska 235 0.14 0.48
43 Maine 311 0.19 0.75
42 New Mexico 364 0.22 0.50
41 South Dakota 375 0.22 1.20
40 Arkansas 405 0.24 0.47
39 Delaware 462 0.28 1.00
38 Montana 490 0.29 1.02
37 Mississippi 512 0.30 0.73
36 Idaho 523 0.31 0.59
35 Hawaii 524 0.31 0.93
34 Oklahoma 770 0.46 0.65
33 Kansas 936 0.56 0.99
32 New Jersey 985 0.59 0.56
31 Alabama 1,033 0.62 0.74
30 West Virginia 1,056 0.63 2.43
29 Oregon 1,139 0.68 0.89
28 Missouri 1,170 0.70 0.72
27 Utah 1,263 0.75 1.38
26 District of Columbia 1,337 0.80 2.07
25 Maryland 1,470 0.88 1.05
24 South Carolina 1,829 1.09 0.83
23 Minnesota 1,923 1.15 1.64
22 Iowa 1,932 1.15 2.67
21 Louisiana 2,062 1.23 2.74
20 Kentucky 2,458 1.46 2.17
19 Nevada 2,675 1.59 2.10
18 Massachusetts 2,683 1.60 1.57
17 Connecticut 3,100 1.85 2.13
16 Pennsylvania 3,322 1.98 1.26
15 Washington 3,541 2.11 1.43
14 Colorado 3,711 2.21 1.61
13 Virginia 3,808 2.27 1.43
12 New York 3,851 2.29 1.28
11 Wisconsin 4,250 2.53 3.53
10 North Carolina 4,295 2.56 1.26
9 Georgia 5,816 3.46 1.77
8 Tennessee 5,843 3.48 2.59
7 Arizona 7,449 4.44 2.63
6 California 11,714 6.98 2.46
5 Illinois 12,283 7.32 5.38
4 Ohio 12,753 7.60 6.35
3 Indiana 13,184 7.85 8.83
2 Texas 13,692 8.16 2.05
1 Florida 23,781 14.17 3.22

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