Migration Data Detail Specific County-to-County Moves

The U.S. Census Bureau reported today on five of the top counties where residents of Philadelphia were most likely to have moved from and to over a one-year period between 2007 and 2011.

Among Philadelphia’s residents, 55,370, or 3.7 percent, lived in a different county one year earlier. Among the counties they were most likely to have come from were: Montgomery County, PA; Delaware County, PA; Bucks County, PA; Camden County, NJ; and Chester County, PA. Among the 68,228 who moved away from Philadelphia during the course of the year, their most common destinations were Montgomery County, PA; Delaware County, PA; Bucks County, PA; New Castle County, DE; and Camden County, NJ

This information is based on statistics from the American Community Survey, which shows how many U.S. residents moved from one county to another during the course of a year. Today’s release includes a set of 2007-2011 statistical tables that present information on movers by educational attainment, individual income and household income. These statistics can also be easily explored using the Census Flows Mapper, an interactive mapping application that allows users to visualize movers by educational attainment and income.

Among people with a graduate or professional degree, five of the largest inflows to Philadelphia were from Montgomery County, PA; Delaware County, PA; New York County, NY; Kings County, NY (Brooklyn); and Cook County, IL. Five of the largest outflows were to Montgomery County, PA; New York County, NY; Delaware County, PA, Bucks County, PA; and Los Angeles County, CA.

Similar statistics are available for every county in (state name) and nationwide through the tables released today. Additionally, more findings are available in a working paper also released today, and users can find more information about how to use the flow tables and mapping tool in a PowerPoint tutorial.

Find Your Ideal Place with Census Bureau’s Newest App

People considering a move can now easily access and explore information on U.S. towns and cities with dwellr, the newest Census Bureau mobile app. Powered by American Community Survey statistics, dwellr can pull up a list of U.S. locations that match users’ preferences for such variables as city size, geographic region, job type and income.

About the American Community Survey

The American Community Survey provides a wide range of important statistics about all communities in the country. It gives communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Retailers, homebuilders, police departments, and town and city planners are among the many private- and public-sector decision makers who count on these annual results.

Ever since Thomas Jefferson directed the first census in 1790, the census has collected detailed characteristics about our nation’s people. Questions about jobs and the economy were added 20 years later under James Madison, who said such information would allow Congress to “adapt the public measures to the particular circumstances of the community,” and over the decades allow America “an opportunity of marking the progress of the society.” The Census Bureau uses information collected over five years from the American Community Survey in order to have more accurate and reliable statistics for areas with populations smaller than 20,000. Statistics for larger areas are also included with this release, making comparisons across large and small geographies possible.

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