U.S. interstate labor force migration: An analysis of trends, net exchanges, and migration subsystems

David A. Plane, Andrew M. Isserman

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Abstract

The rich geography and complex temporal trends of U.S. interstate labor force migration are portrayed. The most commonly reported net migration statistics hide multi-faceted patterns of state-to-state exchange. Maps depicting net migration balances show that much population redistribution has been taking place counter to the popularly conceived Frostbelt-to-Sunbelt flow. Significant net migration exchange takes place within each of the major regions of the U.S. as well as between them. Principal component analyses carried out on gross state-to-state flow tables for 1960-1965, 1965-1970, and 1970-1975 suggest the existence of a set of remarkably stable migration subsystems, despite the heralded net migration turnarounds in nonmetropolitan-to-metropolitan and south-to-north patterns of flow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-266
Number of pages16
JournalSocio-Economic Planning Sciences
Volume17
Issue number5-6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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