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About 16.8 million people moved into a different county within a year in the U.S., between 2007 and 2011, with the most common county-to-county moves being from Los Angeles to San Bernardino, Calif. (41,764 people) and Los Angeles to Orange, Calif. (an estimated 40,764), according to U. S. Census Bureau data released today.
The County-to-County Migration Flows Tables, which use data collected by the American Community Survey between 2007 and 2011, show how many U.S. residents move from one specific county to another during the course of a year.
These statistics show that about 6 percent of the population age 1 and older move in a year across county lines or from abroad. The county-to-county migration flows tables show this information cross-tabulated by educational attainment, individual and household income.
“One county ─ Arizona’s Maricopa ─ really stands out in terms of the number of counties it gains people from and loses them to,” said William Koerber, a demographer with the Census Bureau’s Journey-to-Work and Migration Statistics Branch.
Among all the nation’s counties, Maricopa gained movers from the largest collection of counties (957). Maricopa (which contains the city of Phoenix) also lost movers to the largest number of counties (1,190).
Besides the Los Angeles and Riverside-San Bernardino metro areas, the rest of the top 20 flows of movers also consisted of people moving between counties in the Miami, Detroit, Chicago, Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, New York and Baltimore metro areas.
The Census Bureau has updated its online mapping tool, the Census Flows Mapper, with the 2007-2011 American Community Survey statistics, permitting users to visualize these figures. One may select any county in the nation and view which counties had outbound flows from that county, inbound flows to that county, and a net gain or net loss in the exchange. One may also filter the map by educational attainment and income levels.
The application allows users to download statistics, zoom in and out on the map to an area of interest, view additional statistics of the selected county and save their map as a PDF file.
Other county-level highlights:
Besides the county-to-county flow tables, there are also tables that contain flows for minor civil divisions for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin.
People considering a move can now easily access and explore information on U.S. towns and cities with dwellr, the newest Census Bureau mobile app. This app helps people on the go access key demographic, socio-economic and housing statistics for thousands of places across the nation. Powered by American Community Survey statistics, dwellr can pull up a list of U.S. locations that matches users’ preferences for such variables as city size, geographic region, job type and income. Users can also learn more about where they are with a simple tap of the screen that reveals educational levels, housing values and commute times.
The American Community Survey provides a wide range of important statistics about all communities in the country. It gives communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Retailers, homebuilders, police departments, and town and city planners are among the many private- and public-sector decision makers who count on these annual results.
Ever since Thomas Jefferson directed the first census in 1790, the census has collected detailed characteristics about our nation’s people. Questions about jobs and the economy were added 20 years later under James Madison, who said such information would allow Congress to “adapt the public measures to the particular circumstances of the community,” and over the decades allow America “an opportunity of marking the progress of the society.”