The U.S. Census Bureau reported today on five of the top counties where residents of Bernalillo County were most likely to have moved from and to over a one-year period between 2007 and 2011. The report was released through UNM's Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

Among Bernalillo residents, 34,548  or 5 percent, lived in a different county one year earlier. Among the counties they were most likely to have come from were: Sandoval County; Valencia County; Santa Fe County; Maricopa County, Arizona; and San Juan County. Among the 31,119 who moved away from Bernalillo County during the course of the year, the most common destinations were Sandoval County; Valencia County; Doña Ana County; Santa Fe County; and Maricopa County, Arizona.

This information is based on statistics from the American Community Survey, which shows how many U.S. residents moved from one county to another during the course of a year. Today’s release includes a set of 2007-2011 statistical tables that present information on movers by educational attainment, individual income, and household income. These statistics can also be easily explored using the Census Flows Mapper, an interactive mapping application that allows users to visualize movers by educational attainment and income.

Among people with a graduate or professional degree, five of the largest inflows to Bernalillo County were from Sandoval County; Maricopa County, Arizona; Santa Fe County; Montgomery County, Maryland and Ventura County, California. Five of the largest outflows were to Sandoval County; Santa Fe County; Maricopa County, Arizona; Farifax County, Virginia; and Travis County, Texas.

Similar statistics are available for every county in New Mexico and nationwide with the tables released today. Additionally, more findings are available in a working paper also released today, and users can find more information about how to use the flow tables and mapping tool in a PowerPoint tutorial.

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About the American Community Survey
The American Community Survey provides a wide range of important statistics about all communities in the country. It gives communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Retailers, homebuilders, police departments, and town and city planners are among the many private- and public-sector decision makers who count on these annual results.

Ever since Thomas Jefferson directed the first census in 1790, the census has collected detailed characteristics about our nation’s people. Questions about jobs and the economy were added 20 years later under James Madison, who said such information would allow Congress to “adapt the public measures to the particular circumstances of the community,” and over the decades allow America “an opportunity of marking the progress of the society.” The Census Bureau uses information collected over five years from the American Community Survey in order to have more accurate and reliable statistics for areas with populations smaller than 20,000. Statistics for larger areas are also included with this release, making comparisons across large and small geographies possible.

The Census provides excellent information but is not the only source for migration statistics. The IRS produces migration data tables. Also, the UNM Geospatial and Population Studies group provides similar statistics. For more information, UNM's Bureau of Business and Economic Research Demographics and Population. The Data Bank would be happy to help interested parties navigate the Census or other data websites and assist in understanding the different data sources. There are many interesting details in this data to investigate. Interested individuals may contact the Data Bank at (505) 277-6626 or dbinfo@unm.edu.