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RCHSS - Geography & Anthropology

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Faculty Sponsor Name

Dr. Paul McDaniel

Abstract (300 words maximum)

California is notoriously known for the sudden rush of immigration in the early 1900’s. Since then, there has been a huge influx and outflux of people. There are many different reasons to move to California, and on the other hand, a large number of reasons to move out of California. California’s Bay Area presents a compelling case study. Southern California has a lot of population changes as well, but Northern California has less to do with the media and television industry. This project examines the number of people that moved to the Bay area (from areas more than 50 miles away) between the years of 2018-2020, along with the number of people that moved away from the Bay area in that same time period, and how those numbers have been affected by Covid. Other related factors examined include recent changes in the economy, such as gas prices, and how population trends have changed in recent months. Findings suggest that there has been a larger number of people that have moved out of the Bay area, than people that have moved to the Bay area. This is likely due to an already extremely high cost of living as well as further rises in prices of homes and rent that are present in California’s economy.

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

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Migration Trends To and From Northern California's Bay Area

California is notoriously known for the sudden rush of immigration in the early 1900’s. Since then, there has been a huge influx and outflux of people. There are many different reasons to move to California, and on the other hand, a large number of reasons to move out of California. California’s Bay Area presents a compelling case study. Southern California has a lot of population changes as well, but Northern California has less to do with the media and television industry. This project examines the number of people that moved to the Bay area (from areas more than 50 miles away) between the years of 2018-2020, along with the number of people that moved away from the Bay area in that same time period, and how those numbers have been affected by Covid. Other related factors examined include recent changes in the economy, such as gas prices, and how population trends have changed in recent months. Findings suggest that there has been a larger number of people that have moved out of the Bay area, than people that have moved to the Bay area. This is likely due to an already extremely high cost of living as well as further rises in prices of homes and rent that are present in California’s economy.

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