If You Were Born In Idaho, Data Show You Probably Stayed

Sep 11, 2014

Where people born in Idaho are moving to.
Credit New York Times screengrab

If you were born in Idaho, The New York Times reports you've likely stayed put. And if you did move, it was more likely you stayed in the West.  

We told you about a cool data visualization that the Times put together this summer. That looked at state-to-state migration, specifically where people who live in Idaho were born. Now the paper has added an update, where people born in Idaho have gone over time.

Turns out, in 1900, 80 percent of people born in Idaho stayed in the state. Over time, that number has fallen. In 2012, 59 percent of people who were born in the Gem State stayed here. 

So, if they left, where did they go? In the 1960s and 1970s, the largest number, around 12 percent, went to California. Around 1980 that number changed, as fewer people went to California, and more went to Washington. Now Washington has the largest number of native Idahoans at 8 percent.

Oregon remained the most consistent destination, between 6 and 7 percent of native Idahoans end up there. That remained true for decades, although it fell a bit recently to 4 percent in 2012.  

The Times found that those who did leave Idaho were most likely to stay in the West, whether it's California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, and the other western states. Only 5 percent went South in 2012, 3 percent to the Midwest, and 2 percent went to the Northeast.

We've got more interesting migration stats, check out this map showing migration based on driver's license data, and this map based on tax return data.

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