Take That, Seattle – Part 2

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Last March, we published a map based on Census data showing migration in and out of Hartford County, including the curious finding that more people move every year from the Seattle area to Hartford County than from Hartford County to the Seattle area.

The Census Bureau this week came out with updated numbers, based on surveys conducted from 2007 to 2011, and that data again suggest the Nutmeg State has a strange lure for West Coast hipsters.

The Bureau estimates that 426 Connecticut residents load up the U-Haul and head to King County in Washington every year – while 885 people make the reverse move and leave King to set up house in our humble state.  (Of course, this data was captured before the Super Bowl.)

The Census data provide estimates of migration in and out of the nearly 3,000 counties in the nation. We focused on Hartford County last March, but this time around, we looked at migration to and from Connecticut as a whole, in order to reduce the margins of error.

The Bureau estimates that every year, 77,000 people move into Connecticut from other states, while 94,000 pack up and leave Connecticut’s borders. And the map above shows that those moves naturally are lopsided, with significant net migration out to a number of warm-weather regions, but also significant net migration into Connecticut from upstate New York and parts of the Pacific Coast.

Click the image above for a larger, interactive map showing Connecticut migration to and from counties across the nation. Counties that are losing population to Connecticut – meaning the number of people moving from the county to Connecticut is greater than the number of people moving from Connecticut to the county – are shaded blue, while counties with a net population gain are shaded red. Counties shaded dark red and dark blue indicate areas with an annual net migration to or from Connecticut of more 100 residents. (The small number of counties for which the Census Bureau has estimated the same number of residents moving to and from Connecticut are shaded yellow.)

In addition to warm-weather spots in Florida and Arizona, Nutmeggers are also moving deeper into the cold of New England, with most counties in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine seeing more people moving from Connecticut than leaving for Connecticut.

In absolute numbers, the most popular destination for ex-Connecticut residents is New York County – which is Manhattan- drawing an estimated 3,934 Nutmeggers a year. But nearly the exact same number – 3,918 – are estimated to move each year from Manhattan to Connecticut.

The most lopsided migrations involve Westchester County, N.Y., which sends an estimated 3,616 residents to Connecticut each year, while 930 move in the opposite direction; and Alachua County, Fla. – dominated by the city of Gainesville – which attracts 993 Connecticut residents every year, while sending only 95 the other way.

Want to dig deeper? Click here or the image above to load an interactive map, and then click on any county for migration details to and from Connecticut.

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