Weak Economy Slows Down Interstate Migration

By: WIBW (posted by Victoria Calderon)
By: WIBW (posted by Victoria Calderon)

(WIBW) -- The ability to easily migrate from state to state has become limited due to the economic recession of 2007.

Although it's been five years since the official end of the Great Recession, the number of those moving between states still remain fairly low. Last year, the number of people migrating was just under 455,000, which is slightly down from the number in 2012. It is also significantly lower than pre-recession numbers (the 2007 number of people migrated was 882,000).

"Migration both into and across the U.S. is still being weighed down by the recession," William Frey said. Frey is a demographer at the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C. based think tank.

The year that the most recent set of numbers come from ended on July 1. It shows that Texas has had the most people migrate in, therefore they had the highest net interstate migration. Every 1 in 4 people who moved from one state to another moved to Texas.
On the other hand, New York has the lowest net interstate migration, with its number in the negatives.

Kansas is also in the bottom 10 with New York. Kansas had the 9th lowest net interstate migration.

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