According to Forbes, almost 40 million Americans move from one place in the country to another place in the country every single year. Americans are on the move. Moving in the USA is on the rise after a period of slower movement over the past decade. Some claim the number of people moving is due to the economic climate, with many people moving to follow the ever-changing job market. Still others are retiring to smaller and cheaper cities and towns while students are moving to college towns across the nation.
No matter the reason, it's clear that some areas of the country are experiencing an influx of people while other cities and towns are seeing more people moving than staying. At least that's the conclusion one reaches after spending some time with a great interactive map from Forbes.
Note that the map has been updated and shows movement for each of five years from 2005 to 2010. If you click on a specific county, the map also shows you the number of people who migrated in and out and which type of movement is more dominant. There's also some quick data points that includes population levels, income of people moving out, people moving in and compares that to the people who are staying put. It's a fun map to play with and one that can help you determine how your own county is doing and where people are coming from and to.
Areas People are Moving From
It appears that more people are moving from Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and Detroit than are moving in.
Detroit movers are mostly moving to the Eastern States while people in Los Angeles seem to be moving north to Northern California, Oregon and Washington as well as to Texas and the Eastern States. Chicago movers, on the other hand, moved to a variety of areas, as did residents of Miami, who the majority appear to have moved a little closer to home.
Areas People are Moving To
Seattle was ranking high in terms of how many people were moving to it, but it's dropped over the past years. Slightly more people moving to King County, WA than from Honolulu County, HI, for example. Atlanta is another city with more inbound traffic than outbound, although it appears that most people are moving from the Eastern and Central States to Atlanta than from Washington and Oregon, although the numbers are not as high as I had expected. Talk of the tech companies moving to Atlanta, GA. For example, 94 people moved from Santa Clara County, CA (Silicon Valley) to Fulton County, GA, while 181 made reverse moves. However, it's interesting to note that there appears to have been more moves from Santa Clara County to areas in Texas than vice versa. This makes sense considering the number of companies moving from California to Texas in the last few years.
How to Use the Map
First, the map is divided into counties, with each county having it's own distinct data set that includes outbound and inbound moves as well as the average salary of the people moving. Just hover your mouse over a county to gain the data information or click a county to reveal inbound (black) and outbound (red) lines - a quick way of assessing trends.
The final result? Not only can you find out where people are moving to, but also if they appear to be moving for the possibility of higher wages. Of course, the wages listed are not in a specific market, rather they're an average rate of those individuals moving inbound and outbound. Regardless, this information allows for a quick analysis of current trends and for your own interpretation behind people's decisions to move.