I moved to Virginia in the Spring of 1986, live in NOVA / Northern Virginia, and due to cultural and political factors can't see myself moving any farther South now or when I retire in about 8 years. I may change my mind if the flow of Yankees and immigration brings a political shift in the politics of the South, but really, I need to live somewhere there is a change of seasons. Of course, depending on how well we address climate change I may have to retire to Canada. I am a lover of maps, this from the +Washington Post .....
New census data shows the trend accelerating back to its pre-recession pace. Florida, which actually lost more domestic movers than it gained right after the housing bubble burst, picked up about 200,000 net new movers between 2014 and 2015 (this number includes people who move between states, not immigration into the United States from abroad). Illinois, meanwhile, had a net loss of about 105,000 residents, its largest one-year population leak in the 21st century.
has been a winner, too.
The other big gains over the past year were Texas (170,000 new migrants), Colorado (54,00o), and Arizona and South Carolina (both with more than 45,000 each). Not a single state in the Northeast or Midwest gained domestic movers over the last year.
For states like New York, domestic migration losses are offset by new immigration from abroad. But for many places in the Rust Belt, these shifts will mean more empty houses and "shrinking cities," and less political might.