Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Migration patterns within the United States and Canada


An interesting graph of moving patterns within the United States and Canada from a not-very-scientific sampling of customers of Atlas Van Lines, via Felix Salmon. (Red = balanced in-migration and out-migration, Yellow = net outmigration for 2011, Blue = net in-migration)

In 2011, I moved from an outbound state to a balanced state. Interesting how a lot of the pharma states (NJ, CT, MA) are net outbound. Also interesting how North Dakota is a net inbound state (Bakken Shale?), while Minnesota is a net outbound. I'm curious as to where North Dakota's new residents are coming from.

UPDATE: Anon0829a and @azmanam both point to this fascinating migration map. Apropos of nothing, here's Champaign County, IL. 

10 comments:

  1. Boy, this graph sure makes the US/Canada part of North America look like a dog.

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  2. you might find this migration map interesting as well, based off 5 years of IRS data:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonbruner/2011/11/16/migration-in-america/

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  3. CJ,

    I'm pretty sure that you were right that the ND migration is all the result of the shale play. There have been plenty of newstories in the local media (Twin Cities) talking about it.

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  4. Imagine how much more net immigration North Dakota would have gotten had they been able to change their name to just 'Dakota'.

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  5. In the last 7 years, I moved: yellow -> blue -> red -> blue -> yellow. I feel like I'm playing Simon, but I'm really following economic indicators, I suppose (good to be in a yellow state when buying property!)

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  6. I'm curious about Hawaii's data for interstate traffic via a van line?

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  7. Perhaps the second chart reflects moving patters of the 32,000 students at UIUC. "In" from mostly surrounding areas and "out" to wherever the jobs are.

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  8. interesting trend in ND. I wonder if UHaul has changed their policy. Several years ago one could not rent an outbound UHaul for ND becuase there was not enough inbound UHauls.

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  9. Dissapointed to see the UP get shafted again, forgotten as the other half of Michigan. Happens all the time.

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