The New York Times has created a nifty map. It shows migrations within the United States in 1900, 1950, and 2012.
New Insights into Migration Patterns
I love these little insights into the world. It is especially interesting when we can compare o a time when our ancestors were in a certain place at a certain time.
They’ve includes maps that highlight certain states.
We can see the ebb and flow of people in and out of states. It would be interesting to understand the dynamics behind it.
What Does the Tool Say About California?
I found the information about California interesting. I think you can see how the Depression affected migration.
In 1900, only 45% of Californians were born in the state. 25% were born outside the United States. The rest came from other US states.
In 1950, the numbers are very different. 37% were born in California and only 11% were born outside the US. Those who had come from other states sat at 52%. Remember the Grapes of Wrath? These numbers reflect those who fled the Dust Bowl and settled in California.
In 2012, the numbers are almost identical to 1900. 55% born in California, 28% born outside the US.
What About Hawaii?
There was no data for Hawaii in 1900 and 1950, so I have not listed it. Data exists for later years.
I would suspect Hawaii had a large percentage of non-Hawaiians in 1900, but more native born individuals in 1950.
Access the Map
You can play with the map, too! Here’s the link: Mapping Migration in the United States
There are some different links to click on, so play around.