April 21, 2009

Alaska, the Least ‘Sticky’ State

No. 50

Just 28% of adults born in Alaska still live there, placing it last among the 50 states on this measure of population “stickiness.”

Alaska apparently isn’t much good at hanging on to its native sons and daughters; just 28% of adults born there still live there, placing it last among the 50 states on this measure of population “stickiness.” Texas, by contrast, knows how to hold ‘em. More than three-quarters of adults born in Texas still live there, making the Lone Star State the nation’s stickiest. Using Census data, the Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends project has created a typology that groups all 50 states and the District of Columbia by whether they are “magnets” or “sticky” — or both, or neither. Included in the full report is a list of magnet and sticky numbers for all states and D.C. Read More