Americans on the Move

Christopher Ingraham and Emily Badger: “In any given year, about 8.5 million people move from one metropolitan area to another within the United States — from the Washington, D.C., region up to New York, or from New York to Philadelphia and farther away. These major moves — distinct from the kind you make across town, or even from the city to the suburbs — make up a relatively small share of all migration. Only about one in five movers today decamps for another metro area entirely.”

“In the table below, based on new five-year American Community Survey data from the Census Bureau, we’ve plotted annual migration totals among the 10 largest metropolitan areas in the United States … Surprisingly, 22,000 New Yorkers head to Miami, an unusually large migration for two metros 1,300 miles apart.”

“You can get a sense in this table of how regional proximity plays a big role in metro migration trends. More than 13,000 people head from Dallas to Houston each year, with a similar amount moving in the opposite direction. But the two Texas cities don’t see much in the way of migration to and from the other major metro areas in the chart, and they stand apart for sending particularly few people to New York.”

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  • BMc

    The most interesting thing from this data, is that people seem to be moving back and forth between the same two cities. You can see it best in the Houston-Dallas data, but it shows up with alot of the cities. Is this the same person moving to a city, and then moving back?
    That would, in part, argue against the authors premise somewhat.

  • montag

    Any chance we could get the Houston and Dallas movers to move outside of the United States?

    • embo66

      Actually, both Houston and Dallas — like virtually all large cities in the US — are mostly Democratic, have Dem mayors, and usually vote blue in national elections. Houston’s mayor is female, gay — and won a 3rd term in 2013.

      It’s the damn suburbs and rural parts of Texas that ought to secede.

  • Helen Bedd

    “Texas cities stand apart for sending particularly few people to New York.”

    going a step further, they send few people to the other two major northeastern cities: boston and philly. ..and very few people from those places move to texas…. i suspect this is part of “the big sort” effect

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