Emily Badger, originally from Chicago, has moved many times, including to Orlando, Atlanta, Washington, San Francisco and back to Washington again.
The Upshot is working on a project about migration within the United States, exploring the patterns of where people move when they leave for another region or state.
Census data can tell us a lot about these trends and how they’ve shifted over time, across millions of movers. But we’d also like to understand the more personal choices that motivate big moves: Why did you leave your community? How did you decide where to go? Did you move for higher pay, or cheaper housing, or closer family ties?
If you’ve made such a move in recent years — not just across town, but to a new metro area — we’d like to hear about it. For some people, these questions are newly relevant as remote work has become more common. But we’re interested in moves that predate the pandemic, too. So tell us about your own migration path dating to any time over the last decade.
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