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In certain corners of the U.S., the only way you’ll ever be considered a local is if you were born there. Particularly in rural pockets, where generation after generation stays close to old family farms or businesses, even someone who moved to the area during childhood is often considered a transplant.

Elsewhere, in major metropolitan centers like New York City, it can feel like no one is originally from there. The constant influx of new businesses, college students, and families can transform neighborhoods every few years and certainly decade over decade.

Using the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey, Stacker ranked every U.S. state and Washington D.C. based on the percentage of the total population that was born in that state of residence.

Results on this list might surprise some readers. Scroll through Stacker’s list to see which state has the most loyal natives.

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51. Nevada

– 2019 population: 3,080,156
– Born in state of residence: 839,064 (27.24% of population)
– Born in other US state: 1,575,292 (51.14% of population)
– Born in US territory: 55,148 (1.79% of population)
– Born in foreign country: 610,652 (19.83% of population)

Nevada is the last state on this list, meaning the “Silver State” wins the gold when it comes to people leaving. Nevada is heavily dependent on gaming and tourism, and only 25.91 percent of its residents can say they were born there. Apparently, what happens in Vegas most likely leaves Vegas.

50. Florida

– 2019 population: 21,477,737
– Born in state of residence: 7,688,623 (35.8% of population)
– Born in other US state: 8,423,377 (39.22% of population)
– Born in US territory: 839,309 (3.91% of population)
– Born in foreign country: 4,526,428 (21.07% of population)

Florida comes in second place for having the lowest percentage of born and bred residents. However, with the largest percentage of senior citizens of any state, it would most likely dominate any “best place to retire” list. With record numbers of tourists visiting the state, the economy is seemingly unaffected by Florida natives staying or leaving.

49. Washington D.C.

– 2019 population: 705,749
– Born in state of residence: 262,594 (37.21% of population)
– Born in other US state: 343,198 (48.63% of population)
– Born in US territory: 14,624 (2.07% of population)
– Born in foreign country: 85,333 (12.09% of population)

It should come as no surprise that Washington D.C., the political heart of the country, has such high numbers of transplants living there. Taken as a microcosm of the larger political population, Congress alone brings in 535 congressmen and congresswomen from across the country to live in D.C. Although when it comes to politics, it is better to not be born there: A Washington D.C. native has never become president.

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1. Louisiana

– 2019 population: 4,648,794
– Born in state of residence: 3,607,397 (77.6% of population)
– Born in other US state: 808,020 (17.38% of population)
– Born in US territory: 36,802 (0.79% of population)
– Born in foreign country: 196,575 (4.23% of population)

Louisiana ranks among the U.S. News and World Report’s 50 Best States list for a number of reasons, including poverty rate and median household income. Considering such data, it does call into question whether the Louisiana natives stay because they want to or because leaving is too costly.

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