Mar 14, 2009

Texas: A very sticky state

A new study from the Pew Research Center ranks Texas as the country's stickiest state, meaning that it has the highest percentage population of native born citizens who are still here (75.8%). Texas doesn't rank as high on the magnet scale, which measures how strongly it attracts transplants from other states, but this metric is somewhat distorted because the organic population growth and retention rate is so high, on a relative basis it dwarfs the immigration we do have.

1 comment:

ghostlygerbils said...

It seems these lists do leave out some data that's important for perspective. It seems strange the New York is all the way at the bottom of the magnet state list - you'd think the amount of people moving to NYC alone per year would put it above some of the smaller population states. But then when you consider the distorting effect that high immigrant inflows have on these percentages, you realize the picture is incomplete. I don't think it's a stretch to say New York is more of a magnet state than Ohio - it just happens to attract people from all over the world, not just the country.

A better chart would break down each state by native-born, born-in-another-state, and foreign born.