Interested in learning about migration patterns to and from various parts of the United States? Forbes Magazine has constructed an interactive graphical map which shows inward and outward migration patterns for any part of the United States. The data is based on statistics from the Internal Revenue Service.
Click HERE to access the map, then position the cursor over the American county of interest. I've also constructed links to the largest counties in Utah; click on the highlighted county below to go directly to the migration map for that county. You can then mouse over the specific county to get specific numbers. Red lines indicate out-migration; black lines indicate in-migration.
-- Salt Lake County: Migration into Salt Lake County appears to exceed migration out of the county. Primary sources of in-migration are from Southern California, Central Arizona, Southern Nevada, Denver, Reno, and Milwaukee. Primary destinations for out-migration include Washington DC, St. Louis, Raleigh, Austin, Houston, Boston, New York City, and St. George.
-- Davis County: In-migration exceeds out-migration. Considerable migration into Davis County from Southern California, most pronounced from Los Angeles County. In-migration also from Seattle, Phoenix, and Florida. Out-migration primarily to Ohio, Central Texas, Portland, Spokane, and Southern Idaho.
-- Weber County: In-migration exceeds out-migration. Strongest in-migration from Southern California, Southern Nevada, Phoenix, and Utah County. Strongest out-migration to Seattle, Central Texas, San Jose, and Box Elder County.
-- Utah County: Second strongest migration pattern in Utah, second only to Salt Lake County. Migration patterns similar to those involving Salt Lake County.
-- Washington County: Migration pattern regional rather than national. In-migration markedly exceeds out-migration. Strongest in-migration from Portland, Southern California, Southern Nevada, Central Arizona, and Northern Utah. Out-migration primarily to Northern Utah, Central Montana, and Northern Arizona.
The Bottom Line: Many people consider Utah a desirable place to live. Outsiders are welcome, so long as they're moving to Utah because of the way it is, and not so they can change and corrupt the state.