Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What U.S. States are the most People moving IN and OUT of?

The economic downturn that swept the USA beginning in 2007 is still limiting one key facet of modern life: Americans' moving patterns. 
Almost five years after the official end of the recession, new data released Thursday by the Census Bureau show that the number of Americans who moved between states last year remained sluggish, at just under 455,000. That was down slightly from 2012 and well below pre-recession levels. In 2007, just before the recession began, almost 882,000 people moved across state lines.
"Migration both into and across the U.S. is still being weighed down by the recession," says William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. "I thought we were home free with last year's numbers, but these new migration data show that the 'return to normal' will take awhile longer." 
Kenneth Johnson, senior demographer at the University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute, agreed, saying, "There is no evidence in these data that the recession's grip on U.S. demographic trends is ending."
The new figures, which capture moves in the year that ended July 1, show that 21 states and the District of Columbia gained more residents from other states than they lost, up from 19 in 2012. Four states — Utah, Idaho, Iowa and Alabama — moved into positive territory, while Georgia and West Virginia flipped from positive to negative.
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