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Oregon vs. other states on migration (Chart)

January 20, 2011

By Patrick Emerson
Oregon Economics Blog
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From United Van Lines comes their annual report on whom they moved and where. It turn out that Oregon is still a top state in terms of net in-migraton. Given that United Van Lines customers probably skew wealthier and more educated (and perhaps disproportionately are having their move paid for by an employer), this is probably a very good thing for the state.

On the other hand, given local unemployment remains very high, it may suggest that employers looking for high skilled and well trained people are having to go outside the state in which case it is still a good thing that they are coming, but a terrible condemnation of our public education system.

  
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Bob Clark January 20, 2011

The more official 2010 U.S. Census doesn’t comport with the image portrayed here. Oregon’s population growth was shown as slowing from past decades, and now being outpaced by Washington, Texas and assorted other states. Oregon gains no new U.S. House of Representatives’ seats whereas Washington gains one and Texas four.

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