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Data Dashboard: Net Migration

Title

Net Migration

Trend at a Glance

At last count

20,488

Current Through

July 1, 2019

Category

People

What does this measure?

Migration, along with births and deaths, are the components that determine population change. Total net migration itself is a factor of two determinants: internal migration and international migration. Internal migration is the number of people moving from one area in the county, state, or nation to another, while international migration tracks the movement of the foreign-born and the emigration of the native-born. Because people move to areas that offer the jobs they need and the quality of life they desire, net migration is a useful tool in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a region, both economically and socially. Understanding the composition of a community, especially stemming from international migration, helps businesses and local governments predict the community’s changing needs, and plan for changes in service demands. Residual net migration accounts for natural net increases by employing the following formula: Residual net migration = (population in the latter year – population in earlier year) – (births – deaths).

How is Wake County performing?

Wake County receives a steady flow of people into and out of the county. In 2019, migration accounted for nearly 69% of population growth in Wake County.

Did you know?

Wake County gained an average of 56 new residents each day in 2019 with 38 per day from domestic and international migration. Migration accounted for nearly 69% of population growth in Wake County.

Data Source

Data Considerations

Since 2011, Wake County By the Numbers has relied on US Census Bureau net migration numbers rather than those of the North Carolina State Demographer. Prior to 2011, residual net migration was calculated by following formula: Residual net migration = (population in the latter year – population in earlier year) – (births – deaths).

Charts & Maps

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Data is updated:

The United States Census Bureau publishes official county net migration estimates annually in March each year.

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Revisions

October 2020 - Revised to reflect 2019 ACS estimates

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