Migration Slowdown and in America: Trends and Impacts

While much attention has been given to the overall decline of migration in the United States, its impact was strongest on particular regions, states, metropolitan areas, cities and suburbs.  Shedding further light on the nature of the recent migration slowdown, this report details how different types of households and parts of the country have been affected and provides some insights on what may happen if and when migration again heats up.

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  Table A: Reasons for Moving: Total, Within County, and Between State, 2004-05 and 2008-09.

  Table B:  Net Domestic Migration and International Migration, Large Metro Areas by region, 2000 to 2008

  Table C:  Top Five Sources and Destinations for Net Domestic Migration, Selected States, 2004-05 and 2007-08

  Table D:  Net Domestic Migration by Demographic Characteristics, Florida, Texas, and California, 2004-05 and 2007-08

  Table E:  Metro Areas with Highest Annual Net Domestic Migration, 2003-04 and 2007-08.

  Table F:  Net Domestic Migration and International Migration, U.S. States, 2000 to 2008

  Table G:  Annual Net International and Domestic Migration, Largest Immigrant Destination Metropolitan Areas, 2000-01 to 2007-08


About the Author

William H. Frey is an internationally regarded demographer known for his research on urban populations, migration, immigration, race, aging, political demographics and his expertise on the U.S. Census. Frey is a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and a research professor at the Population Studies Center, University of Michigan. He has also been a consultant to the U.S. Census Bureau, and a contributing editor to American Demographics magazine.