Migration From Iowa Outpaces Migration to State

By Steve Gravelle, Reporter

Traffic travels on Interstate 380 south of Cedar Rapids in a section of the highway with a 70 mph speed limit on Tuesday, August 18, 2009. Iowa raised the maximum speed limit four years ago. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Apparently when it comes to Delaware, Iowans can take it or leave it.

New residents moved to Iowa in 2011 from every state except Delaware, New Hampshire, or the District of Columbia, according to the U.S. Census Bureau . People leaving Iowa went to every state except Delaware, New Mexico, Vermont, or West Virginia.

According to the Census’ American Community Survey, 74,516 people moved from Iowa over the past year, while 70,405 were moving here from somewhere else.

Nationwide, 36.5 million people, or 12 percent of the population, moved over the past year, raising the national “mover rate” from 2011’s record low of 11.6 percent, according to the Census Current Population Survey. Most movers stayed within the same county, and even those who didn’t stayed within 50 miles of their old home, according to the Census.

Illinois sent the most new residents to Iowa – 13,725, edging out the 13,345 who came from foreign counties and more than double the next-most-popular origin state, Nebraska.

Nebraska was the most popular state for Iowans to move to, with 9,575 crossing the Missouri River. The Mississippi River was the second-favorite border to cross, with 8,490 moving to Illinois.

Iowa’s incoming and outgoing numbers were dwarfed by the year’s most popular state-to-state move, the 59,288 who moved from New York to Florida.

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