Which states have attracted the most migrants over the past generation?

by Ryan Streeter on August 27, 2014. Follow Ryan on Twitter.

Here’s another interesting post on the theme of migration’s demographic and political  effects.

The following two maps show both the percentage of native-born residents in a state and the regions from which the migrants to a respective state have come. A lot of states are pretty stable over time in terms of the share of native-born vs. migrant residents. But there are some exceptions. Look at California and Texas, for instance.

Here is America in 1950:

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And here is America in 2012:

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Whereas most midwestern states have been pretty stable, California has seen its native-born population grow by 18 percentage points, while Texas has seen its share drop by 15 points. Georgia has dropped by a remarkable 30 points.