SBJ/March 1 - 7, 2004/SBJ In Depth

Home sweet home: Population born in state of residence

The most successful sports franchises often are based in states in which residents have deeper roots. The following map shows the percentage of people who were born in their current state of residence as of the 2000 U.S. Census.

On average, 60 percent of people in the United States were born in their current state of residence. The Midwest led U.S. regions in the proportion of people living in their birth state (71 percent). In comparison, fewer than half of the people living in the West (47 percent) were born in their current state of residence. The average was 58 percent in the South and 65 percent in the Northeast.

On the state level, Nevada (21 percent), Florida (33 percent) and Arizona (35 percent) had the lowest proportions of people living in the state in which they were born. The highest percentages were in Louisiana (79 percent), Pennsylvania (78 percent) and Michigan (75 percent).

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