We have a lot of people from California in my class. There are also people from Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Florida, Nebraska, Texas, etc. I moved up to Erie from Arkansas which was a 17 hour drive. One of my friends from California drove ~30 hours to get here.
But I've already moved from Minnesota (my "home") to Montana (~1000 miles) for grad school 4 years ago. I've been "far from home" for awhile now. It is hard at first (especially if you don't know anyone), but it gets easier after awhile.