When Phoenix millennials leave, here's where they go
About 76% of people who were born in Phoenix between 1984 and 1992 and raised here stayed in adulthood.
- Those who did leave tended to stay fairly close to home, with Los Angeles as the top destination.
State of play: Axios Phoenix looked at a Center of Economic Studies analysis of census migration data comparing where Phoenix residents lived at age 16 with where they had moved by 26.
Yes, but: The data measures where millennials moved only up to 2018 and does not reflect moving trends that have occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Details: The average young Phoenix resident who did leave moved to a city 224 miles away, 43 miles farther than the national average.
- 2.5% moved to Tucson or Flagstaff.
- Seattle and San Diego were also popular destinations.
Why it matters: The migration patterns of young people can help us understand regional labor markets nationwide, with comings and goings reflecting where opportunity is, according to a July report by the bureau and Harvard University.
The other side: We're getting more young people moving to Phoenix than we're losing.
- The top out-of-state cities from where young people move to Phoenix were Los Angeles; Gallup, New Mexico; Chicago; Detroit and Las Vegas.
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