The U.S. Census is out with a fascinating mapping tool showing migration patterns across the U.S.
About 16.8 million people moved to a different county between 2007 and 2011.
What do the patterns show about Monroe County? If it wasn’t for immigrants, we’d have lost population. We lost 4,528 people to other states, but gained 5,078 immigrants.
Monroe County had the most net gain of residents from the following counties:
1. Kings County, N.Y. (Brooklyn): 492
2. Bronx County, N.Y.: 296
3. Richmond County, N.Y. (Staten Island): 242
4. Lehigh County, Penn.: 220
5. Madison County, N.Y.: 217
6. Oakland County, Mich. (Pontiac): 211
7. Onondaga County, N.Y.: 204
8. Marin County, Calif. (near San Francisco): 193
9. Orange County, Fla. (Orlando): 182
10. Erie County, N.Y.: 179
We also gained residents from Baltimore, Atlanta and El Paso. For some reason we gained 140 residents from Alaska.
Here are the counties that saw a net gain of Monroe County residents:
1. New York County, N.Y. (Manhattan): 402
2. Bristol County, Mass.: 385
3. Chautauqua County, N.Y.: 375
4. Nassau County, N.Y.: 367
5. Ontario County, N.Y.: 340
6. Mecklenberg County, N.C. (Charlotte): 333
7. Tompkins County, N.Y. (Ithaca): 327
8. Clark County, Nev. (Las Vegas): 242
9. Maricopa County, Ariz. (Phoenix): 230
10. King County, Wash. (Seattle): 213
I think what struck me the most is we’re not seeing the rush to the south that I thought we would see. Instead, we’re seeing a lot of movement within New York State. I think it’s important for state government to look at the in-state migration patterns as it considers economic development. Are we helping some areas at the expense of others? Why are some areas attracting people and others are not?