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Race & Social Justice

The Global California Dream, In 5 Charts And Maps

A graphic representing California’s growing population is pictured in this undated image.
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A graphic representing California’s growing population is pictured in this undated image.

Where we’re coming from, and where we’re going.

The “California Dream” is a global brand. For more than a century the state has been a magnet for migrants from around the world, and now has the largest foreign-born population of any state in the country.

As part of the California Dream collaboration, journalists from CALmatters and public radio stations across California are reporting a series of stories on immigrant communities throughout the state. Here are five maps and charts illustrating the past and present of who’s moving in and, lately, moving out.

Explore all national, state and local returns now.