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    The United States remains the most popular destination for Canadian emigrants. However, the American Community Survey (ACS) shows that the number of Canadians who went to live in the United States on a temporary or permanent basis dropped 35% from 113,100 in 2000 to 73,000 in 2006. Canadian data for the 2001 to 2006 period confirm the drop.

    More than half (53%) of native-born Canadians aged 25 to 64 who emigrated to the United States had a university degree. According to the ACS, the majority worked in occupations with high skill requirements such as management, health, education, and business and financial operations.

    Recent Canadian emigrants to the United States were relatively young: about 53% were between the ages of 20 and 44, and their median age was 31. By comparison, the median age of all Canadians residing in the United States was 49, and the median age of the Canadian population in 2006 was 39.5.

    Chart 24.2 Canadian-born emigrants to the United States by state, 2000 to 2006
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