From Vizynary:

Approximately 7.1 million Americans moved to another state in 2012. That’s over 2.2% of the U.S. population. The United States has a long history of people picking up and moving their families to other parts of the country, in search of better livelihoods. That same spirit of mobility, a willingness to uproot oneself, seems alive and well today based on the visualization of migration patterns above.

Click for an interactive graphic.

Source: Vizynary

Category: Data Analysis, Economy, Employment, Travel

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5 Responses to “Restless America: State-to-State Migration”

  1. 4whatitsworth says:

    Wow what a revelation more people leaving California than any other state and more people moving to Florida and Texas. Shocking! What could be the reason?

    I suspect if you looked at economic activity you would see this trend further magnified. You get what you reward and California is certainly in for their due.


    BR: Um, the largest population, largest land mass to begin with?

    California has 566986 leaving — more than any other state.
    But they also have 493641 arriving — more than any other state.

    Your conclusions are unsupported by the data, and revealing of your personal bias.

    • 4whatitsworth says:

      Thanks for the fact check and numerically speaking you have point. That said there is definitely more to understand that just the numbers here. California should be absolutely booming (growing in size) it has great weather, an abundance of natural resources, and the ocean. In addition it has silicon valley the center of our best modern day industry.

      How do you explain a shrinking population in a state with so many natural advantages? There are plenty of places in inland California that have inexpensive housing. In fact in places like Lake Tahoe the cost of Housing is less expensive in California than it is Nevada (More people choose to live in Nevada). Take a look at just about any border US California border town one side is prosperous and one side is not. Seriously California has every reason to grow and it is shrinking.. why?

    • uclalien says:

      As a Californian who has been watching this data for a number of years now, in my opinion, domestic migration is more telling than migration as a whole, since it provides empirical evidence of how people view life in California. Put another way, people vote with their feet.

      Here are California’s problems going forward as I see them:

      1) According to the California Department of Finance, domestic migration was negative in 18 of the past 20 years. According to the U.S. Census, domestic migration has been negative for 20 consecutive years. Long sustained periods of negative domestic migration usually lead to decay and other problems.

      2) Over the past two decades, births and foreign immigration are the only factors keeping CA’s population from decreasing. But the birth rate continues to drop (now down to its lowest level since the 1940s) and foreign immigration to CA has decreased dramatically since the onset of the housing downturn. You would think this is a nationwide phenomenon, but many other states have seen a significant rise in foreign immigration over the same time period.

      3) As is the case in many states, the population is aging. As the rate at which baby boomers start to pass away increases, additional downward pressure will be put on population growth.

      While these demographic trends could theoretically reverse themselves, when combined, there is cause for concern.

      • czyz99 says:

        I scouted out San Diego for retirement. I’d have to work some, live in a closet and probably not have a car. My friend has a good job with CH Robinson, and has to live with someone else, who are able to make their mortgage payment from his rent. What some people were doing was retire, sell their Cali home and move to a cheaper state. Where could you afford? Colorado was a favorite, and even some to Montana. Our lab tech’s father moved to South Carolina which has many beautiful areas. You could live in a nice neighborhood, buy a house of your choice near good medical facilities, and not even see the hinterlands. Just don’t go weekend canoeing.

  2. USSofA says:

    I wonder what the chart would look like if it included Mexico and Central America?