American Migration

By Jon Bruner | Forbes

Bruner’s interactive visualization, based on IRS data, illustrates inward and outward migration for every U.S. county. Each move had its own motivations, but in aggregate they ­reflect the geographical marketplace during the boom and bust of the last decade: Migrants flock to Las Vegas in 2005 in search of cheap, luxurious housing, then flee in 2009 as the city’s economy collapses; Miami beckons retirees from the North but offers little to its working-age residents, who leave for the West. Even fast-growing boomtowns like Charlotte, N.C., lose residents to their outlying counties as the demand for exurban tract-housing pushes workers ever outward.

Visit the site.

Last year I participated in WNYC’s ‘Map Your Moves‘ data visualization challenge, rendering a very similar map of migration patterns.

Visit the site here, and make sure to check out Moritz Stefaner’s amazing entry to the challenge as well.