This is What a Mobile Nation Looks Like

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Ten million Americans moved counties in 2008. Where did they move? Everywhere! (Except Detroit.)

That's the simplest, broadest conclusion from this flat-out awesome map from Forbes.com that uses IRS data to track the intra-national movements of American families. You have to check it out for yourself. Here are a few observations.

New York City is where people move after living in Blue State America. Long Island is where people live before moving to Florida.


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Chicago's famous "midway" status isn't just a hub for airlines, it also draws evenly from across the country...

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Rugby, North Dakota's famous "geographical center of North America" status predictably draws from across the districts that immediately surround Rugby, North Dakota.

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America's capitals of unemployment (Detroit), fiscal doomsday (Los Angeles) and real estate apocalypse (Miami) are predictably bleeding people. However, Miami is still a popular destination for older New Yorkers, and California still enjoys a magnetic draw for New Englanders looking to re-locate to sunnier climates.

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Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the entertainment business.

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