Domestic Migration, Visualized
For every state in the United States, population was divided by resident's state of birth. Foreign-born residents are also included to gain a better understanding of population makeup and migration within the United States. Here are some of the highlights of the 50 state feature:
While the least diverse state is Louisiana, with about 79 percent of today's residents born in-state, Colorado, the most diverse state, boasts only 42 percent of residents born in-state.
North Dakota's recent natural gas boom explained by the, "transplant population from 15 states increas[ing] by at least 1,000, while the North Dakota native population has actually shrunk."
Michigan illustrates how deindustrialization affects domestic migration. "Michigan used to have a significant population of people born in other Midwestern states and in places like Pennsylvania, Kentucky and North Carolina. With fewer high-paying factory jobs, fewer transplants have moved in from these states."
Considered one of the fastest-growing states on the East Coast, "As recently as 1980, 76 percent of [North Carolina] residents were natives, and the next-largest source of state residents was South Carolina. Today, there are twice as many North Carolina residents born in New York as were born in South Carolina."
California, once a dream land for Americans throughout the country, "today, the state is still pulling in foreign immigrants, but the percentage of American-born transplants has shrunk significantly as more people leave the state. There are now about 6.8 million California natives living elsewhere, up from 2.7 million in 1980."