Is Everybody Really Leaving Michigan?. Presentation for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce September 27, 2007 Kenneth Darga, State Demographer Department of History, Arts, and Libraries. Michigan’s migration patterns have some negative aspects and some positive aspects.
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7 of the 11 lowest rates of out-migration in 2005 were in Great Lakes states.
Michigan had the nation’s lowest rate of out-migraton in 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2004
In 2005, Michigan had the nation’s second lowest rate of outmigration (behind Texas) for persons age 27-34
The only states with lower domestic in-migration than Michigan are New York and California.
No Degree 2.1% 3.5%
Associate’s Degree 1.5% 3.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 5.8% 7.0%
Master’s Degree 5.8% 7.7%
Professional Degree 6.1% 8.8%
Doctoral Degree 9.2% 13.3%
All Levels of Education 3.1% 4.6%
All Degrees 4.9% 6.5%
Bachelor’s and Higher 5.9% 7.3%
College graduates age 22-34 in labor force:
WV AK MI LA OR MS NJ but those aspects are often overstated.
NE HI IA MN NH ND OK SD WY
# of States % of Pop.
Within 2 pct-pt: 16 40%
Including: Ohio, Indiana, Texas, and California
Within 3 pct-pt: 35 81%
Including: Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota,
New York, North Carolina, Georgia
That does not change the fact that the estimated unemployment rate for Michigan is:
But it does help explain why Michigan’s migration patterns are better than they are usually portrayed to be in the media.