Age-Specific Migration Rates

Expansion of Metro Areas

Baby Boomer Migration


Web Series

Which places in Virginia are most attractive?
When people hear that “Northern Virginia drives population growth in the commonwealth,” or “rural communities are losing population,” they immediately think of large numbers of people moving into Northern Virginia or many residents leaving rural counties. Is this true?

Out-migration from Virginia continues for a fourth consecutive year
Though Virginia’s population is not declining, it is now dependent on having more births than deaths to continue growing.

Out-migration from Virginia continues for a third year…
According to the Census Bureau’s annual state population estimates, Virginia grew by 44,000 residents, its smallest gain in population since the 1970s.

Young adult migration trends in Virginia
Most of Virginia’s counties are experiencing a significant outflow of their 15 to 24 year old population.

The metropolitanization of rural America
As the urban cores of metropolitan areas have grown larger, they have attracted a rising number of commuters from nearby rural counties.

How is New York City growing if it’s constantly losing people?
Year after year, some of the nation’s most dynamic cities are also the nation’s biggest losers when it comes to migrants.

Could the “two-body” problem be contributing to rural brain drain?
Highly-educated couples with two specialized careers (the “two-body” problem) typically find work in the same location by moving to large metro areas.

Virginians are leaving the Commonwealth, reversing trends
For the first time, IRS income tax data shows more households leaving that state than moved in.

Mapping city to city migration
An interactive map shows newly released census data on city-to-city migration.

Rural Virginia: Death in paradise
Rural counties in Virginia, like Dickenson, have been slowly losing their young adult population for decades as many have moved elsewhere to seek more education and work opportunities.

Migration data miscounts millennials, confuses the media
Conclusions based on migration data from the CPS, especially for young adults, should be considered highly suspect.

Retiring boomers are going rural (but not too rural)
Unlike other parts of the country, baby boomers in Virginia are moving away from the cities.


Migration patterns in Virginia’s regions (11.2013)
This data brief addresses the question: how do migration patterns affect population aging, especially in rural communities?

Growing through migration – the story of Virginia
From 2005-2009, Virginia gained an estimated 29,252 persons annually as a result of migration; more people move to Virginia from other states than move from Virginia to other states, and many people move to Virginia directly from outside the United States.