- Americans are moving to the South and out West.
- According to an April data release from the US Census Bureau, counties in the South and West tended to have more people move in than move out.
- Another recent census report said that more Americans moved to Florida in 2017 than to any other state.
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According to a recent Bloomberg report, Census data on where Americans move to and from suggests that the New York City metro area is losing a net average of 277 people per day.
That fits into a broader trend of Americans moving South and out West supported by other Census data.
In April, the US Census Bureau released its annual estimates for how the populations of the US’s 3,142 counties and county equivalents changed in the year between July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018.
In addition to the overall population change, the bureau released data on the various components of that change.
The above map shows net domestic migration – the number of Americans who moved into a county from somewhere else in the US minus the number of people who moved out of that county to another US jurisdiction – adjusted by each county’s 2017 population.
Counties in blue had more people moving in than moving out, and counties in red experienced negative net migration.
Suburban counties in the South and West regions tended to see more people moving in than Midwestern and Northeastern counties. Most of Florida’s counties had net-positive domestic migration.
Here are the 10 counties with populations of at least 10,000 with the biggest population increases from domestic migration per 1,000 residents.
Three of the top 10 counties are in Florida and another three are in Texas:
Although many Southern counties had big increases in population from people moving in, the region also dominates the list of the 10 counties with the largest decreases from domestic migration among counties with at least 10,000 residents:
A recent Census Bureau report on migration that took a look at a handful of data sets covering different aspects of where Americans are moving reinforced the trend of Americans moving south. The report said that in 2018, about 1.2 million people moved to the South from one of the other three regions of the US, while just 714,000 moved out of the South – for a net gain of about 512,000.
According to that report, Florida had the most people moving in among the states, with about 566,000 people moving to the state in 2017. The bureau said that the Empire State was the biggest source of new Floridians, with about 64,000 New Yorkers moving to the Sunshine State in that year.
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