Indicator 20: Talent Flow and Attraction
How Does Massachusetts Perform?
In recent years net migration in the LTS has been concentrated in the so-called “Sun Belt” states with Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and California having the highest net migration, with Massachusetts at fifth. Those four LTS with the highest net migration also had the highest total population growth from 2012-2017, and the only LTS to have population growth higher than the U.S. average. Florida’s net migration is equal to 98% of the total population growth for the state, while North Carolina’s is 78%. Massachusetts ranks 6th amongst the LTS in total population growth, 0.7% lower than the U.S. average.
Massachusetts has a strong record of attracting college educated adults, ranking first among the LTS in the percentage of net migration consisting of college educated members of the workforce. Massachusetts placed first in this measure in both 2012 and 2017.
In 2017 Massachusetts’ net migrations levels were around 22,000, the first increase since the 2013 peak of 32,251. International migration increased 10.8% from 2016-2017, reaching 45,298, while the domestic migration loss decreased from -25,606 to -23,089, an improvement of 9.8%. Overall net migration grew 45.2%.
Massachusetts has had positive net migration every year since 2008, representing a strong rebound from the early-to mid-2000’s when the state experienced six consecutive years of negative net migration.
Data Source for Indicator 20: Census Bureau, ACS