More than 75 percent of Michiganders were born in Michigan


The New York Times discovered something most of us in the Mitten were probably unaware of: 77 percent of Michigan's residents were born in the state, a figure rivaled only by Louisiana, whose populace consists of 79 percent Creole State natives. The reason for Michigan's numbers, NYT writes, can be tied to the decline of our auto industry:

This is how postindustrial decline affects domestic migration. Michigan used to have a significant population of people born in other Midwestern states and in places like Pennsylvania, Kentucky and North Carolina. With fewer high-paying factory jobs, fewer transplants have moved in from these states.

Michigan doesn't attract a substantial amount of migrants from the east or west coast; about 7 percent come from Ohio and other Midwest states, and about 5 percent arrived from southern states. 

click to enlarge More than three-fourths of Michigan's residents were born in the state. - SCREENSHOT VIA THE NEW YORK TIMES
Screenshot via The New York Times
More than three-fourths of Michigan's residents were born in the state.

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Ryan Felton

Ryan Felton was born in 1990 and spent the majority of his childhood growing up in Livonia. In 2009, after a short stint at Eastern Michigan University, he moved to Detroit where he has remained ever since. After graduating from Wayne State University’s journalism program, he went on to work as a staff writer...
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