This amazing interactive map utility
, showing county-by-county in- and out-migration for the entire U.S., is getting a lot of attention.
The London Economist
blogger A.S. interprets
it (needless to say
) as evidence of tax flight, citing net migration into Travis County, i.e. Austin [corrected from Houston in original, sorry—pb
] in low-tax Texas, and out of Santa Clara county, i.e Silicon Valley in high-tax California.
But the driver could just as easily be flight from immigration. For example, Los Angeles shows
massive out-migration to other parts of California
as well as to relatively high-tax (but still American
) states of the Pacific North West.
There`s also extensive out-migration from Miami-Dade county, in low tax Florida.
This flight from immigrant-impacted areas was first identified, I believe, by demographer Bill Frey working off the 1990 Census. He even called
it the "flight from diversity".
I discussed his work in Alien Nation
in 1995, and even constructed a map (p.70-71
) with this helpful rubric:
"ALIEN NATION: American is polarizing—because of immigrant clustering and assortative migration of the native-born."
Things have just gotten worse. But worse is better