A recent state population estimate release from the Census Bureau indicates that annual interstate migration is rising again. The interstate migration rate, as of 2011, reached its lowest point since 2001, due to the economic downturn stemming from the 2008 financial crisis. New Geography staffer Wendell Cox takes a dive into the historical data and discovers a comeback in Americans' tendency to stay on the move. Cox writes,
"Between July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, up to 0.24% of US residents have migrated, returning to levels not experienced since the early 2000s. Interstate migration was just below the 2004 level of 0.25%, but trailed the much higher 2005 and 2006 levels (0.31% and 0.42%). By 2011, after the devastation of the housing bust and the Great Financial Crisis, interstate migration fell to 0.13%. In 2015, 763,000 US residents made interstate moves, the fifth highest figure since 2000. This was well below the peak of 1,251,000 in 2007 and well above the trough of 412,000 in 2011.
As opposed to those who claimed the Recession changed migration patterns, it turns out that domestic migrants are moving to just about the same places they did before. They continue to move principally to the South and, to a secondary degree, to the West."