In the last year, the Census Bureau estimates that of the more than 300 million people aged one year and older in the United States, over 35 million relocated. Although only about 11% of the population, these 35 million people created a lot of traffic. In studying people’s moving habits, the Census Bureau divides the country into four regions: Northeast, Midwest, South, and West. Most Americans who move do not go far, remaining in the same state, sometimes even the same county, that they had previously resided in. Almost 2.5 million residents found themselves making a move to another region though. So this begs the question, where are all of these people coming and going from?
The Northeast (9)
This region contains 9 states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. It saw a net loss of 216,000, with 337,000 people coming into the region, but 553,000 residents moving out.
The Midwest (12)
North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio make up the Midwest region. The Midwest also saw a net loss in migration of 71,000 residents. The region gained 442,000, but said goodbye to 513,000 residents.
The South (16)
The South contains Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. The United States’ largest region saw a net migration gain of 39,000 people. It saw the largest outmigration with 901,000 residents leaving. However, it also saw the largest influx of people with 940,000 inmigrants.
The West (13)
The final region contains 11 states, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and Hawaii. The West saw the largest net gain in domestic migration at 247,000. It welcomed 719,000 newcomers, while only losing 472,000 people to out migration.
So, it seems that the South and West seem to be winning the migration game. While the West saw the largest net gain in residents, the South had the greatest number of people migrating to the region. The North and Midwest are struggling to keep residents. Yes, both regions welcomed migrants from other regions, they lost too many people to outmigration, resulting in a population loss. Overall, it seems that the majority of people moving do not go very far, staying in the same county, state, or region, instead of relocating a longer distance.