Where Utahns were born and where they live nowby Lecia Parks Langston, Senior Economist
“Men and women are limited not by the place of their birth, not by the color of their skin, but by the size of their hope.” John Harold Johnson
Do you live in the state of your birth? According to American Community Survey data, the answer to that question is influenced both by your birthplace and your current place of residence.
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According to 2014 tabulations, 62 percent of Utah’s population was born here in the Beehive State. While Utah doesn’t rank in the top tier of states with the highest shares of birthplace-residing individuals, it is unusual in the mobile West. Utah is surrounded by states with relatively low shares of birthplace-residing populations. In fact, neighboring Nevada sports the lowest share in the nation with only 26 percent of present residents indicating they were born in the state. Utah’s cultural preference for close family ties undoubtedly plays a role in its higher-than-average western ranking.
Most states with high percentages of populations born in their current state of residence are located in the geographic center of the United States. In Louisiana, almost 78 percent of the population was born in-state. Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania also showed shares greater than 73 percent.