Migration Profile for Massachusetts, 2007-08

October 14, 2009

This page is a compilation of Census data from the 2008 American Community Survey profiling the demographics of those who left Massachusetts in 2007 to move to another state in 2008 and vice versa.

Massachusetts People Moving into Massachusetts People Moving out of Massachusetts Net # People Moving into Massachusetts from 2007 to 2008 Ratio of People Coming to Going
Total 147,326 152,586 -5,260 0.97
By Age Group
(Aged 1+)
Under 18 18,915 23,140 -4,225 0.82
Aged 18-19 20,482 15,971 4,511 1.28
Aged 20-24 26,933 30,593 -3,660 0.88
Aged 25-34 39,617 37,703 1,914 1.05
Aged 35-44 16,287 19,660 -3,373 0.83
Aged 45-54 11,704 10,330 1,374 1.13
Aged 55-64 6,833 7,856 -1,023 0.87
Aged 65+ 6,555 7,333 -778 0.89
By Marital Status (Aged 15+ only)
Never Married 78,206 77,069 1,137 1.01
Married 37,478 36,630 848 1.02
Divorced 10,151 12,216 -2,065 0.83
Separated 2,422 2,479 -57 0.98
Widowed 4,075 3,957 118 1.03
By Educational Attainment
(Aged 15+ Only)
Less than H.S. Diploma 5,555 5,717 -162 0.97
High School Graduate 11,188 13,950 -2,762 0.80
Some college or Associates degree 16,213 16,658 -445 0.97
Bachelor’s Degree 24,134 25,418 -1,284 0.95
Graduate or Professional Degree 23,906 21,139 2,767 1.13
By Individual Income
(Aged 15+ Only)
No Income 17,984 14,246 3,738 1.26
$1-$9,999 36,609 33,328 3,281 1.10
$10,000-$24,999 24,774 26,351 -1,577 0.94
$25,000-$49,999 24,372 29,759 -5,387 0.82
$50,000-$74,999 12,906 15,250 -2,344 0.85
$75,000+ 15,687 13,417 2,270 1.17
By Poverty Status (Aged 1+)
Below Poverty* 26,179 23,902 2,277 1.10
Income is Between 100%-149% of Poverty Level* 7,420 7,167 253 1.04
Income is Greater than 150% of Poverty Level* 88,763 102,897 -14,134 0.86

Notes:

* for those whom poverty threshold was calculated by Census

“People moving into Massachusetts” refers to those people living in Massachusetts in 2008 but another state in 2007

“People moving out of Massachusetts” refers to those people living in Massachusetts in 2007 but another state in 2008

A “Ratio of people coming to going” value of 0.97 means that very every 100 people leaving Massachusetts for another state, 97 people are moving to Massachusetts from another state

For those aged 18-19, migration for college purposes (i.e. somebody moving away to go to school) can have a significant impact on the numbers in that category, and this factor should be kept in mind when interpreting the figures.

A significant fraction of people “without a high school diploma” or those earning “no income” or “$1-$9,999” in income are children aged 15-17.

Source for Data: 2008 American Community Survey, Census Bureau


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