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In my last post, we looked at county-to-county migration patterns. It showed that a lot of New Yorkers moved within the state. It showed Monroe County picked up residents from some surprising places, like Orlando. It also showed Monroe County residents are moving to some surprising places, like a county south of Boston.

When you look at state to state migration, some familiar – and unfamiliar – patterns begin to emerge. 

Between 2007 and 2011, 15, 512 Monroe County residents moved out of state, while 10,984 people from another state moved to Monroe County. That’s a net loss of slightly less than 5,000 people. (They were replaced by immigrants, who kept the county’s population from slipping.)

Top States Where Rochesterians Moved (Net Loss):

1. Florida: 1,082florida

2. North Carolina: 942

3. Virginia: 785

4. Ohio: 565

5. Arizona: 425

6. Washington: 374

7. Texas: 279

8. Massachusetts: 276

9. Pennsylvania: 254

10. Nevada: 251

Top States from which people moved to Rochester (Net Gain):

1. New Jersey: 428New Jersey

2. Michigan: 266

3. Wisconsin: 238

4. Georgia: 199

5. Alaska: 140

6. Montana: 133

7. Maine: 127

8. Iowa: 116

9. Oregon: 96

10. New Hampshire: 95

I was surprised we’re losing so many residents to Ohio, Virginia and Washington. What’s up with that?

Monroe County’s net loss of nearly 5,000 residents to other states was made up by more than 5,000 immigrants who came here. (Many cities are embracing immigrants to make up for population loss. In Monroe County, the immigrant population tends to live near colleges.)

Play with the Census Mapping Tool yourself. (Warning, you’ll lose hours of your life.)


Links of the Day:


– Check out crime statistics for Rochester in 2013. Homicides and shootings remain stubborn issues. But over time, you’ll see crime has gone down.

– There is a drug that can counteract heroin overdoses quickly, saving lives. Rochester’s fire department has a supply, but it’s not widely distributed.

– A man writes about the night Philip Seymour Hoffman changed his life. It’s very moving.

– Rochester’s mayor wants young professionals to fill out this survey.

– RIT’s Big Shot is Sunday. Bundle up and head to High Falls.


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7 Responses to Where We Move, Part 2

  1. February 8, 2014 at 11:17 am Phil Hurwitz responds:

    Your link to the EW article about Mr. Hoffman is much appreciated. Hopefully his devotion to family will overshadow what it was that took him from us.

  2. As for the reasons for Ohio, Virginia and Washington I think I can explain 2 of the 3.

    Virginia has good weather and four seasons with being hit with high heat for the whole summer. It’s close to metropolitan DC yet still rural in many areas.

    Washington state has a lot of new jobs in the tech area with Google located there. It is also one of the four states in your list of ten with no state income tax (FL, WA, TX, NV). Moving away from New York taxes is like getting a raise. Maybe the politicians will see that low taxes really do attract people.

  3. February 8, 2014 at 3:08 pm Mittens responds:

    Northern Virginia is (or recently was) booming in development. Jobs followed, then people. I have family who moved to the area. Of course, like everywhere else, their thought was “oh it’s down south so it must be warm!!!”

    It’s MAYBE 5 degrees warmer on average than we are. They still get snow and their thunderstorms are 100x worse in the summer.

    • Hyperbole much? For 70% of the year the weather in Virginia is significantly better. In most of the state you are in easier access to mountains and ocean than western NY. The economy is far better, development all over the place, low taxes. If you’re in northern Virginia you are in a more progressive and interesting place than western NY. You are a short car ride from anywhere in the northeast. You have every large east coast city within a few hours (DC, Philly, NYC). In fact its quicker to drive or take the train to NYC from northern Virginia than it is from Rochester to NYC.

  4. Its not too hard to figure out the moves to Ohio. Travel on I90 from Cleveland to the NYS Line. No tolls in Ohio and gas around $3.10 travel 50 miles into NYS, see the welcome to NY Sign, then the toll booth and the signs for Gas at $3.80. Amazing what can happen in 50 miles.

    People complain about NYS taxes like property and income, they are uncalled, way high and unmatched by other states, but then add in higher Gas, expensive toll roads, and all the various fees, it all collectively drives people away.

    And someone needs to ask why are taxes and fees so high compared to other states, yet we still have less offered by our state in terms of services and yet Lawmakers are always complaining we have no funds.

    Where does it all go?

  5. Doesn’t the regions birthrate offset our population loss/gain?

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