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American homebodies

Posted by Christopher Shea  February 12, 2009 10:01 AM

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Americans are a mobile lot, historically speaking, whether flying across the country for college or uprooting for a new job. But collectively we may not be nearly as smitten with wanderlust as we think. More than two-thirds of Americans live in the state in which they were born, according to figures posted this week at Newgeography.com.

The states with the greatest number of native-born residents -- 80 percent or more --are New York, Louisiana, and Michigan. Massachusetts stands at 74.7, compared with a national average of 67.3 percent. (At the opposite end of the spectrum, only 27.8 percent of Nevadans were born in the state they now call home.)

The analysis drew on Census Bureau Data for the years 2005-2007.

In general, as an accompanying color-coded map helps show, the proportion of native-born residents is highest in the Northeast and the Rust Belt. But New Hampshire and Vermont are exceptions to the trend, high-transplant states both.

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  1. This map is interestingly ambiguous. It could be that fewer people are leaving New York and Louisiana, but it could also be that fewer people are moving there. So a poor state that's not particularly attractive would be a deep shade of green.

    Posted by R J Keefe February 12, 09 04:31 PM
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