The new factory for Americans

California’s latest export: poor Californians. Even in the late ’90s, California sent over 100,000 residents a year to other states — including a growing number of third-generation Latinos and Asians. (But is L.A. as good a “factory for Americans” as Brooklyn was?) Those moving into California from other states, like gentrifiers anywhere, have fewer children and more money than those they’re replacing. Incidentally, more Californians moved to the Midwest in the 1990s than vice versa, even though Illinois is the largest exporter to the Golden State (60,000 residents).