Immigration is a flashpoint in American politics—yet the number of foreign immigrants is small compared to the number of people who move within the United States. Each year, millions of “geographically mobile” Americans move from state to state. Perhaps even more powerfully than foreign immigrants, these interstate migrants are rearranging the cultural and economic landscape of the country.
The Shifting States of America takes a closer look at patterns of interstate migration, based on data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The series shows how highly educated interstate migrants are concentrating into a few states that already have high education levels—while poor interstate migrants are spreading out, particularly into rural states with low poverty levels.
Built entirely with the LiveStories platform, the Shifting States includes plenty of interactive charts, maps, and other data visualizations. See how your state’s migration patterns compares to neighbors, where newcomers are coming from, and what levels of education and poverty they bring.
Whether you’re one of the millions of Americans packing into a moving truck this summer, or if you’re curious about your new neighbors, we hope you’ll check out the series. You might be surprised at some of the insights we’ve found.