It seems when you meet people living in Chicago or New York you hear more are from Iowa and Wisconsin or Pennsylvania and Delaware than from the metro area you’re actually in. Now there’s data to back these impressions up. Governing.com used findings from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey to find the percentage of homegrown population in various cities throughout the United States.
The state of Michigan as a whole is experiencing good news in terms of population loss, as the latest IRS data points to a decreasing population loss in recent years. There was a total people-loss of 11,402 people from 2015 to 2016, the smallest amount since 1999 to 2000, with Illinois and New York state contributing the most domestic migrants to Michigan.
Among the top 25 most populous cities in the country, Detroit comes out on top with the highest percentage of residents born in-state at 63.2%. The relatively high rate can be due to many different factors working together, such as relative remoteness to Central America and the high number of immigrants coming from the region who settle in cities such as Phoenix, Los Angeles, and San Diego as well as more obvious influences stemming from Rust Belt economic decline and harsh winters contributing to the high in-state resident percentages of many cities in the Midwest (seen in the chart below).
Most of the United States’ “great cities” like New York City, Boston, Denver, and Seattle are low on the list, presumably in part because they attract so much out-of-state and international talent excited by the many appealing offerings these cities provide. So while the high number of homegrown residents in Detroit might point to some features of the city that are unattractive or underdeveloped, there’s no doubt that Detroit is made for and by Detroiters and that’s a key reason that our city’s intense atmosphere is constantly being praised by domestic and international media outlets like the New York Times, the Toronto Star, the Chicago Daily Herald, Lonely Planet, the Food Network, and Sports Illustrated.
By Jared Hoffman
Research Associate, JMJ Phillip Group