Where are Tennesseans Moving To…And Coming From?

Screen shot of a new state migration map at Viznary. Go to the website for the interactive version.

Screen shot of a new state migration map at Viznary. Go to the website for the interactive version.

According to census data, 163,843 Tennesseans moved to other states in 2012. That same year, 177,098 residents of other states packed up and moved to ours.

The website Viznary, took the 2012 census migration data and illustrated it with a nifty interactive chart. You can hover over Tennessee and see the migration connections to all other states with whom we exchanged more than 10,000 residents. That’s true of ten states.

Not surprisingly, Tennessee saw the most movement to and from its border states, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, in particular.

We lost 16,275 Tennesseans to Florida, which seems natural, Florida being a popular retirement state and all. But why did almost that many — 15,641 — move the other direction?

Outside of the South (including Texas), only two states hit the threshold of at least 10,000 residents exchanged with Tennessee: Illinois and California. In both cases, the exchange is decidedly one-sided, with around 50% more residents of those states moving here than the other way around.

Is this a trend that helps explain the tight real estate market we’ve seen recently?

Here’s a direct link to the map.


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