Mapping Migration in the United States

The New York Times has published an interesting series of maps of the United States showing where the residents of each state were born. It shows the percentage of natives of each state, along with the other states where people were born and also the percentage of residents who were born outside the U.S. Within a state, larger shapes mean a group makes up a larger share of the population. The map shows data from 1900, 1950, and 2012.

Those born in Louisiana must really enjoy living there as 79% of the Louisiana residents of 2012 were also born there. Only 36% of the Floridians are native born, which should surprise no one.

You can view the map at

My thanks to newsletter reader Robert Letson for telling me about the maps.


This is a fascinating set of maps! The detailed state maps are even more interesting than the three large maps showing the entire US. You can switch between migration and diaspora to see where the population came from and where they moved!


Thanks for including this, Dick. The maps are really interesting.


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