Infographic: Ohio's Migration Flow

Ohio exchanged at least 10,000 people with 13 other states in 2012. Click on the image to go to the interactive graphic on
  • Ohio exchanged at least 10,000 people with 13 other states in 2012. Click on the image to go to the interactive graphic on

The national picture. Click for the interactive graphic
  • The national picture. Click for the interactive graphic

Who knew Ohio dominated the migration flow with New York and Michigan but lost it badly with Florida and North Carolina?

Well, you should click here for an amazingly intricate interactive infographic that shows all of the major state-to-state migratory patterns for the country last year. The images on this page are just static screenshots, so you'll want to click the link to experience to the full potential of a site made by somebody who actually has a solid grasp on coding, web design and statistics. Created by Chris Walker using 2012 Census data, you can mouse over each state's name and see where people went and where people came from. Hover over the line connecting the states and you can see the official number of people going each way.

States were linked together if they had at least 10,000 people move between them, so Ohio is linked with 13 others (and Vermont, for example, is not included in the graphic because not enough people moved between Vermont and any one specific state).

I went to the interactive graphic and pulled the numbers that popped up when I hovered over the line linking Ohio with the 13 eligible states. Here's a significantly less visual but significantly more Ohio-focused breakdown of the numbers included in this story's main image (that came from the graphic). This is not comprehensive migration information because it only includes states that swapped at least 10,000 people, but it does give a good look into the patterns for Ohio.

Here's the breakdown between Ohio and its 13 main migratory partners:

Florida. Total: 39,293 people moved between Ohio and Florida. From: 16,366 people moved from Florida to Ohio. To: 22,927 people moved from Ohio to Florida.
Kentucky. Total: 30,268. From: 13,227. To: 17,041
Pennsylvania. Total: 28,466. From: 14,147. To: 14,319
Michigan. Total: 27,654. From: 16,336. To: 11,318
Indiana. Total: 24,769. From: 13,534. To: 11,235
Texas. Total: 20,488. From: 11,760. To: 8,728
California. Total: 19,648. From: 8,995. To: 10,653
Illinois. Total: 16,382. From: 9,510. To: 6,872
Georgia. Total: 15,553. From: 8,052. To: 7,501
North Carolina. Total: 14,835. From: 5,498. To: 9,337
West Virginia. Total: 14,577. From: 7,820. To: 6,757
New York. Total: 13,357. From: 8,732. To: 4,625
Arizona. Total: 12,835. From: 4,929. To: 7,906

Using that data, here's the top five originating states for new Ohio residents:
Florida: 16,366 people moved to Ohio from Florida
Michigan: 16,336
Pennsylvania: 14,147
Indiana: 13,534
Kentucky: 13,227

The top five new states for people who moved out of Ohio:
Florida: 22,927 people moved from Ohio to Florida
Kentucky: 17,041
Pennsylvania: 14,319
Michigan: 11,318
Indiana: 11,235

To get a sense of how Ohio fared with other states, the percentages here indicate the portion of total people involved in migration with the other state that moved to Ohio instead of the other way around.
New York: 65% of the total New York-Ohio migration was people coming here (+4017 people to Ohio)
Michigan: 59% (+5018)
Illinois: 58% (+2638)
Texas: 57% (+3032)
Indiana: 55% (+2299)
West Virginia: 54% (+1063)
Georgia: 52% (+551)
Pennsylvania: 50% (-172)
California: 46% (-1658)
Kentucky: 44% (-3814)
Florida: 42% (-6561)
Arizona: 38% (-2977)
North Carolina: 37% (-3839)

People seem to flock to warm weather. That seems pretty smart right now.

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Doug Brown

Doug Brown is a staff writer at Scene with a passion for public records laws and investigative reporting. A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., he has an M.A. in journalism from the Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a B.A. in political science from Hiram College. Prior to joining Scene,...
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