19 August 2014

How Americans Have Moved Between States Since 1900

Though many families remain in the same area for decades, if not centuries, there are other families that we know or research who are more mobile and whom we are constantly chasing from place to place.

The Upshot (New York Times) recently did a feature called Where We Came From, State by State.  This looks at each state, since 1900, every decade, and maps out where the people who lived in the state were born.

It provides a fascinating visual representation of how the population’s composition for each state has changed in the last 100+ years and in what ways.  I looked at North Carolina (where I live). People like me who migrated in from the Northeast have impacted the composition of its population.  As I expected, its neighbor South Carolina, has experienced similar in-migration. It is fascinating to identify those states where the majority of the population is actually native-born in the state, while other states have only a small percentage of people born in the state.

Scroll your mouse over any map for any population group for any decade and the details of what residents were born elsewhere are provided.

Were you surprised by what was depicted by your state?

Information like this helps us theorize where seemingly lost “ancestors” may have moved, if they were participating in a large migration from elsewhere.

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