Texas and Florida win, Illinois and New York lose…again

by Ryan Streeter on February 11, 2015. Follow Ryan on Twitter.

Internal migration is the major force for redistribution of population across states. In numbers, the big gaining states are to Texas and Florida, as has been the case for quite a while, but there are strong gains in Colorado and Arizona as well. In terms of migration gains, increasingly prominent are North and South Carolina and Tennessee, and even Washington.  The biggest losing states are again as they have been for some time:  New York, Illinois, New Jersey, California (to other states in the west), Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

That’s from this New Geography piece by Richard Morrill.

I’ve long been fascinated with the economic, political, and cultural factors behind domestic and international migration. Why do some states or countries lose people while others gain?

I’ve written a few times about Texas’s dominance, especially compared with California, since they are the two largest states in America. Little did I know while writing those posts that I would move to Austin, Texas one day. My family and I arrived in the Republic of Texas at the very end of December 2014. So I’ve helped contribute to that big black dot you see here:

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