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More Move Out of San Diego Than Move In


Tom Fudge: If Yogi Berra were alive today, he might say that nobody comes to San Diego anymore. It's too crowded. The Census Bureau reports that San Diego County has become a net exporter of people. Between July 2005 and July 2006, an estimated 42,000 more people left the county for other parts of the U.S. than moved in. That exodus is diminished a bit when you account for foreign immigration to our region. But there are still more people going than coming. Local population grew by about 5,000 during that year, thanks only to internal births.

Some people may see this as good news. Others see it as reason for concern. As San Diego becomes less attractive as a place to live, for instance, employers have a harder time hiring qualified people.


  • Marney Cox, chief economist for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)
  • Alan Gin, professor of economics at the University of San Diego. He's the publisher of USD's Index of Leading Economic Indicators.

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