Regional Census Data
U.S. Census data are valued and unique resources. Professionals and volunteers from planning and associated fields frequently request demographic, social, housing, and economic data. This page will feature new data or new products of regional importance from various US Census Bureau programs. Community members can use the data to update their understanding of municipal characteristics. Data can show how places are changing, and can serve as the basis for adjusting or developing policies and programs to improve the community.
County-to-County Migration Flows Tables
The U.S. Census Bureau sent a press release on County-to-County Migration Flows Tables on February 6, 2014. Migration and geographic mobility refer to movement of residents from one location to another. Along with migration flows, the newly released data also estimate the number and direction of movers by
- Educational Attainment, (five levels between Less than high school graduate to Graduate of professional degree
- Personal (Individual) Income – seven categories from Less than $9,999 of less to $75,000 or more
- Household Income - Seven categories from Less than $10,000 to $150,000 or more.
The data source is the 2011 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year 2007-2011 estimates.
Getting the Data
The Census Flows Mapper makes data available using a windows-based program. A slideshow tutorial provides step-by–step instructions for getting the data. (A link to the tutorial is located in the "Release Information" box in the upper right corner of the press release). Using the Flows Mapper example for the CMAP region, we looked for the estimated net flow of residents in Kane County with graduate or professional degrees. We took the steps noted below.
- Navigate to Census Bureau County-to-County Migration Flows website.
- Select Census Flows Mapper.
- Launch Flows Mapper
- Search for county: enter Kane County, IL,
- Choose dataset 2007-2011
- Choose a migration flow: Net
- Choose characteristic: graduate or professional degrees, View the map. Zoom in or out.
- Immediately above the U.S. map, select View Data Table. Results show net migration from Kane County to Cook County of 123 persons
- Change migration Flow to Outbound then Enter. Results show 183 persons left Kane County for Cook County.
- Change migration Flow to Inbound then Enter. Results show 306 persons moved from Cook County to Kane County. Net change is 306 – 183 = 123
- Data may be exported to Excel spreadsheet.
- Export to Excel
More analyses could be conducted for all seven counties in the region across all educational levels. Results would show the magnitude of change, (counties with the most or least outbound, inbound or net movers), or whether movers tended to have less or more education. Analyses by household or individual income levels could indicate whether movers tended to be more or less affluent and what destinations were most attractive.