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Which state has seen the greatest exodus to Leland?

Vicky Eckenrode

The U.S. Census Bureau does collect information on people who move as part of its annual American Community Survey form. But the federal agency has not released that data for geographic areas as small as individual towns like Leland.

A Census spokesman said detailed information about places within counties will be released later in 2010 as part of a five-year estimates report based on data collected between 2005 and 2009.

According to the American Community Survey information from 2008, about 14,500 of the more than 100,000 people living in Brunswick County moved houses.

About 4,800 people moved in from another county in North Carolina, while nearly 2,600 came from another state.

Among the new residents who came in from out-of-state, 1,810 were from the South, 584 were from the Northeast and 151 were from the West.

Nearly 270 people came from foreign counties.

Information from the Internal Revenue Service provides a little more insight as to where Brunswick County’s new residents moved from.

The IRS publishes migration data based on changes in individual taxpayers’ mailing addresses.

Between the 2007 and 2008 tax years, 297 people moved to Brunswick County from South Carolina, 264 came from New York and 247 hailed from New Jersey.

The number of people is based on the number of exemptions households claim on their tax forms.

The IRS data has some limitations, however, including that not everyone files tax returns. Also, a large number of people – 2,418 – moved in from counties in other parts of the country that did not meet the reporting threshold for breaking out as a specific location and were lumped together.

Related links:

Forbes.com has an interactive map using the IRS information to show migration around the country in 2008.

IRS Migration Data

American Community Survey data: Brunswick County mobility

Main American Community Survey data lookup

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