The States Growing Our Population

migrationmapBack in August we gave an overview of the Census Flows Mapper tool from the Census Bureau – a tool that allows a data user to select a county and quickly identify the flow of population in and out of that county. Remember? Anyone? If you feel like falling down a rabbit hole, I highly recommend playing around with the Census Flows Mapper.

But that’s beside the point…

We’re reworking our economic indicators (coming soon) and migration is a new feature we’ll be adding. I turned to the Census Flows Mapper for the data and was able to identify which states are contributing the most to South Dakota’s population growth.

Sidenote: South Dakota’s population has grown 3.8% since the 2010 Census and we outpaced the nation’s growth which stands at 2.4% (2010-2013).

So after pulling down an excel table (and geeking out on the pivot table feature in excel) I came away with the total number of people who’ve moved into South Dakota from each state. The data covers a 5-year period from 2008-2012 and looks specifically at in-migration. Any guesses on the major contributors?

At the top of the list is Minnesota, with 4,601 people crossing the border (16.0% of the total migration into SD) and coming in 2nd is Iowa with 2,958 people (10.3%). In fact, the top 5 states contributing to our population are neighbors (or relatively close neighbors).

  1. Minnesota – 4,601 – 16.0%
  2. Iowa – 2,958 – 10.3%
  3. Nebraska – 1,993 – 6.9%
  4. North Dakota – 1,801 – 6.3%
  5. Colorado – 1,557 – 5.4%
  6. California – 1,393 – 4.8%
  7. Texas – 1,117 – 3.9%
  8. Washington – 854 – 3.0%
  9. Wyoming – 684 – 2.4%
  10. Arizona – 645 – 2.2%

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