Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Who Moved to Washington County?

The Characteristics of Washington County In-migrants

By Lecia Parks Langston, Senior Economist

“Human beings are the only animal that thinks they change who they are simply by moving to a different place.” Douglas Coupland

In the past several decades, strong population growth has seemed like a way of life in Washington County. As the county’s population has swelled, growth rates have declined. However, large numbers of people still migrate to the area to enjoy its natural beauty and lifestyle. Who are these in-migrants? Conventional wisdom would tell you in-migrants are mostly senior citizens. However, data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey tells a different story.

The following visualization includes demographic averages of Washington County in-migrants for the years 2011 through 2015 (the most recent data available). Click through the gray header boxes for the basic story. Then to dig deeper, use the tabs at the top of the visualization.