North Carolina ranks #4 for interstate migration in 2019

by Think Currituck, on 12/11/20 2:00 PM

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Currituck County has always been a popular destination for migrating Canadian geese. In the 1940's and 50's, the goose population of northeastern North Carolina numbered around 200,000.

But recent geographic mobility data from the U.S. Census Bureau offers proof that humans are giving the waterfowl a run for their money.  

In 2019, North Carolina had the fourth largest population increase in the U.S., with more than 315,000 people migrating from other states. According to the US Census Bureau statistics, only Florida, Texas and California had greater increases.

The migration data come from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS).

The one-year state-to-state migration flows table provides estimates of the number of people moving between origin and destination geographies. These geographies include the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and foreign countries (for movers to the United States). 

The report shows the top 10 states that Americans moved to were:

  1. Florida - 601,611
  2. Texas - 559,661
  3. California - 480,204
  4. North Carolina - 315,215
  5. Georgia - 284,541
  6. Pennsylvania - 267,465
  7. Virginia - 264,855
  8. New York - 254,806
  9. Arizona - 253,295
  10. Colorado - 240,600 

Where did the people who moved to North Carolina come from? It turns out that the majority didn't have to travel far and moved from states on the East Coast. Here are the top 10 estimates from the Census Bureau charts:

  1. Florida - 30,032
  2. Virginia - 29,764
  3. South Carolina - 27,740
  4. New York - 23,571
  5. Georgia - 19,017
  6. California - 18,023
  7. New Jersey - 15,297
  8. Texas - 14,226
  9. Maryland - 13,408
  10. Pennsylvania - 13,341

 

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