April 21, 2009

Nevada the ‘Magnet’ State

No. 1

Nevada is the nation’s most “magnetic” state in that fully 86% of its adult residents were born in a different state.

Nevada is the nation’s most “magnetic” state; fully 86% of its adult residents were born somewhere else. By contrast, New York is the least magnetic: Just 19% of adult New Yorkers were born in another state. In a typology created by the Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends project, “magnet” states are those in which a high share of the adults who live there now moved there from some other state. “Sticky” states are those in which a high share of the adults who were born there live there now. At first glance, magnet and sticky states may seem to be mirror opposites of each other, and it is true that most states score high on one scale and low on another. But it turns out that 10 states rank high on both scales, and another nine score low on both. Find out where your state fits in these rankings. Read More