This week on Monday Maps, we’re looking at an intriguing interactive representation of where Americans are moving within the US. Click a location to see the black lines, representing an inbound move, and the red lines, representing an outbound one. Heavier lines represent more moves. The first thing I noticed is that urban people appear astoundingly mobile compared to rural ones — however, accounting for population density probably explains this. (Compare Seattle or Denver to anywhere in OK, KA, etc.) It does appear that urban people are more likely to move to another city than to a nearby location, whereas rural people seem more likely to move one county over. I would love to see this overlaid with rates of homeownership, population, and other demographic factors, but it’s fascinating to play with it just as it is.
Monday Maps: On The Move
Written by Freyja Gallagher. Posted on March 28, 2011.