MERIC NEWS LETTER

Missouri Residents Stay Instate More than National Average

Nearly seven of every ten current Missouri residents were born in Missouri, slightly higher than the national average. The highest percentage for states retaining residents were Louisiana and New York with over eighty percent of the people born there also staying there to live.

The lowest percentage is in Nevada with fewer than three out of ten residents born there. Other low percentage states were Alaska (41.7%) and Florida (41.9%)  

 

Born in the State of Residence
Rank State Percent
1 Louisiana 82.2
2 New York 82.1
3 Michigan 80.9
4 Pennsylvania 79.4
5 Ohio 77.8
6 Illinois 77.4
7 Iowa 75.2
7 Wisconsin 75.2
9 Massachusetts 74.5
10 Minnesota 73.8
11 Alabama 73.5
12 Mississippi 73.3
13 Kentucky 73.2
14 West Virginia 72.7
15 California 72.5
16 Texas 72.2
17 Indiana 71.4
18 North Dakota 71.3
19 Nebraska 69.7
20 Missouri 69.1
21 Utah 68.7
22 South Dakota 67.8
---- United States 67.4
23 Rhode Island 67.2
24 Hawaii 66.0
25 Maine 65.7
26 New Jersey 65.4
27 Tennessee 64.9
28 Oklahoma 64.7
29 Arkansas 63.7
29 Connecticut 63.7
31 North Carolina 63.5
32 South Carolina 62.8
33 Kansas 62.6
34 Georgia 61.4
35 New Mexico 56.5
36 Virginia 56.2
37 Montana 55.5
38 Maryland 54.9
39 Vermont 54.6
40 Washington 53.6
41 Oregon 50.3
42 Delaware 49.3
43 Idaho 49.2
44 Colorado 47.2
45 District of Columbia 45.4
46 New Hampshire 44.8
47 Wyoming 43.4
48 Arizona 42.2
49 Florida 41.9
50 Alaska 41.7
51 Nevada 28.5

 

The Midwest holds a larger percentage of people born in their current state of residence (70.3%) than any other region. The Northeast is the second highest region with 63.5 percent. The South ranked third with 56.3 percent, followed by the West at 48.5 percent.


US Map of Percentage of Americans Living Where They Were Born 

Source: US Census Bureau, ACS Survey


 


 

                               

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