When It Comes To Migration, Fewer Americans Choose Pennsylvania


Another map from the New York Times this morning, this one about the migration from state to state in America.

Turns out in a country where most everybody moves to another state or two during their lives, only a relatively few of those migrants choose to put down roots in Pennsylvania.  As noted in the top map, as of 2012, 74% percent of current Pennsylvanians were born in the commonwealth.

That number is unusually high and only surpassed by three states; Ohio at 75 percent, Michigan at 77 percent,  and lowly Louisiana at 79 percent.

By contrast Nevada (25%), Florida (36%) and )Arizona (38%) lead the list of states with the highest inward migration

From the same New York Times article this explanation of Pennsylvania’s migration patterns:

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Migration into Pennsylvania

Since 1980, Pennsylvania has lost more than a quarter-million residents born in the state, but has made up for it with an in-migration of more than half a million residents from New York, New Jersey and Maryland. Still, it has one of the nation’s highest percentages of residents born in the state.

Diaspora out of Pennsylvania

Some math about the Pennsylvania diaspora: Since 1980, the number of state natives living in their home state, New York or New Jersey is down by half a million. The number living in in the South is up by about the same amount.

The entire NYT article on migration patterns across the United States here.

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