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December 26, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Migration nation: Where we moved in 2012

If you haven’t seen it, the blog Vizinary has used Census data to show state-to-state moves last year in an interactive graphic. Washington gained a total of 35,030 people. It was the best showing among the Northwest. Only Alaska turned in a net outflow of 50,653, most going to California and Florida.

The top states for Washingtonians coming and going were California, Oregon, Idaho and Texas. Gaining population here translated into higher output. It was also a sign of a relatively strong job market when so many places are still suffering.

Nationally, about 2.2 percent of the population, or 7.1 million, moved between states last year. California and New York that saw net population outflows. Florida and Texas saw the largest number of net migrants.

The Great Recession slowed historic American restlessness considerably. About 20 percent of the population moved each year — short and long distance — in the 1950s and 1960s. That fell to a low of 11.6 percent in 2011 before rebounding to 12 percent last year.

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