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Where People in Ohio are Moving To and From

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Community Research Partners has released Data Byte No. 4: Coming or Going? Ohio Population Migration Patterns. This Data Byte analyzes migration data from the IRS. CRP found that from 2007 to 2008, 407,288 people moved into Ohio from other parts of the U.S., and 442,980 moved out of state to elsewhere in the country, for a net loss of 35,692 people who moved within the U.S. This loss does not include natural increase (births minus deaths) or foreign-born immigrants.

The top source of net migration into Ohio was Michigan, from which Ohio had a net gain of 1,802 people from 2007 to 2008. Other states in the top five for net migration into Ohio were Utah (148 people), West Virginia (135), Pennsylvania (129), and Hawaii (116).

The top destination for net migration out of Ohio was Florida, with a net outflow from Ohio of 3,999 people. Several other top destination states were in the Sun Belt. The rest of the top five states for net migration loss from Ohio were Texas (2,799 people), North Carolina (2,601), Arizona (1,844), and Kentucky (1,811).

Download the full Data Byte report here. (PDF)

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  • From Hawaii to Ohio?
    Now that just doesn’t make sense.
    The rest I can understand

  • Cost of living?

  • Hawaii to Ohio….military retirements and higher ed.

  • von

    i knew NC took SOME Ohioans, but not THAT many…

  • Matt Wunderle

    Um the Hawaii to Ohio migration is stronger than you might think.  My wife moved from Hawaii to Ohio due to her Career (Abercrombie).  And her sister (my sister in law) just moved here from Hawaii to attend OSU.  really sucks “having” to travel to Hawaii several times a year to visit the in laws:).

  • bytehead

    Well, since I moved from Columbus to Jacksonville in 2001 (I got married), I can believe this.  Although it appears that Ohio is importing from Gainesville for the looks of it.

  • I’m a member of the 276 inflow from King County.

  • Really interesting report. I loved reading the full thing on this one. The data on movement within Ohio was particularly interesting. The study doesn’t give us info on “why” people move to where they do, but all I can think about from this is that “brain drain” doesn’t appeal to be as big of an issue in Central Ohio as we were once led to believe, although it does seem to be a statewide problem.

  • jungaroo

    Walker, thanks for the feedback. We were cautious not to make too many leaps on guessing “why,” since the data didn’t contain that information. Central Ohio is different from the rest of the state. However, in a national context, Franklin County has similarities to the state in terms of where it’s gaining people from and losing people to (at a very different scale though).

  • Like @Wunderle my wife moved here from Hawaii–although for school (CCAD).  Maybe Columbus’ Chamber of Commerce should look into targeted advertising to islanders!

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