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Who Moves Where—and Why?

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Who Moves Where—and Why?

Institute for Family Studies August 3, 2022
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You might have already seen the new “Migration Patterns” website, a collaboration between the Census Bureau and two Harvard-based research projects (Opportunity Insights and Policy Impacts) that has been popular on social media. With the click of a mouse, you can see where Millennials who were raised in various American “commuting zones” ended up, and even subdivide the results by race and parental income.

The calculations are based on nearly comprehensive census and tax records, so if you were born between 1984 and 1992, you can even find your own group. In my case, that’s middle-class white kids who were living in the Green Bay area at age 16: We had a 65% chance of still being around at age 26, and only a 0.19% chance of being in or around New York City at that point. (Though at least one of us, I can attest, went to New York but managed to end up back in town later.)

Continue reading the entire piece here at the Institute for Family Studies

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Robert VerBruggen is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Follow him on Twitter here.

Photo by Morsa Images/iStock

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