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They're Coming to D.C.!

Forbes has an interesting interactive mapping tool that lets you see how many people are moving in or out of any county or area of the country.  I stumbled upon this or rather was directed here by Lani Rosales of Agent Genius magazine.

The site provides a map of the United States and then allows you to click on any county.  It will then display a series of black and red lines of various thicknesses.  Black means net inward migration to an area and red means net outward migration from an area.

If you hover on any of the highlighted counties, you can see exactly how many people migrated from or to there in connection with the destination county.  It's a pretty neat tool for determining where people are going and what areas of the country seem to be desirable (or at least have the jobs!)

Here's some screenshots of areas in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.:

Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria Migration

Here's the map for Arlington, Virginia:

Arlington Migration

Washington D.C.:  People are moving here for sure!

DC Migration

Fairfax County migration:

Fairfax County migration

As you can tell from these maps, more people are moving to the D.C. and Northern Virginia area than are moving out.

Compare that with Detroit (located in Wayne County, Michigan):  All the red on this map seems to represent the bleeding of the American auto industry!

Detroit Migration

Play with the Forbes interactive map yourself.


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Comment balloon 38 commentsBrian Block • June 21 2010 08:23AM


THAT is a neat map. I have never seen or heard of this before. Thank you for sharing it.

Posted by Scott Baker, Realtor Homes for Sale in Cincinnati, West Chester, Mason, OH Area ( Coldwell Banker West Shell) almost 8 years ago

What an interesting tool... thanks a million for sharing!

Posted by Wayne and Lynda Gomillion (Real Living Hagan Realtors | Pinehurst ~ Southern Pines, NC) almost 8 years ago

Wow, that is an interesting and perhaps scary tool.  Now off to write the post your article spawned.

Posted by Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert (Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103) almost 8 years ago

Thanks for a great tool Brian, keep an eye out as I my mind is racing about all the different applications for blog use....thanks

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) almost 8 years ago

Brian  Very interesting. I'm sure it will have very wide use in our industry

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) almost 8 years ago

Thanks for sharing Brian.  I had seen these before but had forgotten them.  I have them book marked now. 

Posted by Allen Shipman (Shipman Partners) almost 8 years ago

Brian - I had never seen this before and am going to check it out - if I get nothing else done today it is YOUR fault!!!  :-)

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 8 years ago

Wow - thanks for sharing that - pretty interesting to see the patterns of people heading in or out of portions of the country.  What's your take on the reason for the amount of incoming folks to DC?

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA (Managing Broker - City Realty Inc) almost 8 years ago

Brian - Great illustration on those maps. DC has always been a transient area but the map hits a lot harder. 

Posted by Lewis Poretz, Mortgage Loan Officer - Lending in 50 States (Bank of England Mortgage) almost 8 years ago

Awesome stuff, Brian. I've really enjoyed playing around with this.

Posted by Aaron Seekford, Ranked Top 1% Nationwide 703-836-6116 (Arlington Realty, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Nice post! Thank you for sharing! Wasn't aware of this.

Posted by Dean Carver (United Brokers Group/Carver Home Team) almost 8 years ago


Would the last person leaving Wayne County Michigan turn out the lights?

Posted by Terry Chenier (Homelife Glenayre Realty) almost 8 years ago

Brian this is an awesome tool - I can't wait to see what our part of the Country looks like.  It would also be especially useful for keywords

Posted by Eleanor Thorne, Equity Resources 919-649-5058 (Equity Resources) almost 8 years ago

Thanks for the cool tip...

Posted by Markita Woods NMLS#196099, Queen of Mortgages - FHA, VA, Conventional, USDA (Hancock Mortgage Partners, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Thanks for the interesting post today.

Patricia/Seacoast NH

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) almost 8 years ago

Brian - I just checked out Travis County (Austin).  Looks good to me!  :)  The Detroit map above is sad stuff, huh?

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Brian, this is fascinating!  I could play with it all day, but I gotta go help some of those movers!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

This map is quite telling.  Unfortunately, too many red lines out of Massachusetts.  Thanks for sharing it Brian.

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, RSPS, SRS, REALTOR(R) Sturbridge-Shrewsbury MA (Cameron Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

Another re-blog-worthy post - that's two in one day for me.  Thanks for sharing Brian!

Posted by Lisa Moroniak, SFR - Short Sale & Foreclosure Certified (Keller Williams Realty | Northern Virginia | 703.635.0388) almost 8 years ago

great post- love the maps

Posted by Mark Smith (Cherry Creek Properties, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Brian - I thought it was a pretty neat map when I saw it - I think it was Tim Maitski who posted on it.  It raises some interesting thoughts on where to do some marketing if you are interested in relocation.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 8 years ago

Very cool map, thanks for posting, Brian.

Posted by Dan and Amy Schuman, Luxury Home Specialists (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 8 years ago

Hi Brian -- Very striking considering I live in Cleveland have known for years that people are moving out, but to see the RED is hard.  I used to live in the DC area so that too was no surprise -- great place to be a REALTOR.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) almost 8 years ago


This was a great find.  We've been playing with it all day.  The only thing that I think is missing is for the total in/out to be displayed for the county.  Any thoughts on where to get that info?

Posted by Stephen Howell, Annapolis MD Homes For Sale 443-994-8043 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

NANCY:  People are coming to D.C. because of the great job market (substantially influenced by government jobs).  Unemployment in the D.C. area is about 5.9%!  Compare that with a national rate of 9.7%+ and some areas much higher.

STEPHEN:  I believe that NAR issues Relocation reports every year that have these figures.  That would be a nice number to have on these maps.  I'd thought that too.

EVERYONE ELSE:  Thanks for your comments and I hope you find this tool useful.  I didn't discover it first -- as I mention in the post, Lani Rosales at Agent Genius led me there.

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) almost 8 years ago

Thanks for sharing.  Very cool tool!

Posted by Wanda Greif, Connecting Buyers and Sellers (Signature Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Thanks for the map

Posted by Ron Parise ( almost 8 years ago

Very cool tool Thanks for sharing and I am reblogging it now as well as sharing to fellow realtors.

Posted by Dave Minder (Wellspring Investments LLC) almost 8 years ago

Block - Don't be so humble.  I attribute some of the movement to that area to your good looks.  This is a pretty darn good tool, one of which that can be utilized get an idea of how many prospective homebuyers are coming to your area.

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) almost 8 years ago

That's a very fun map!  Now I know where to move to!

I notice people are moving from high tax to lower tax.  Makes sense to me...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Brian I didn't know that there is such a tool that can tell people who are moving in and out of an area. Thanks for sharing Brian and congratulations on the Gold Star. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) almost 8 years ago

Haha. I'm in the Detroit suburbs. Yes, it's brutal up here, but I love a challenge. Eventually everyone will be gone and I can have the state to myself.

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) almost 8 years ago

Now that is AWESOME!!!!   Love the results for our area here in Texas!  pippa

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) almost 8 years ago

Wow, great find, thanks to Lani.

I will go check our my own area.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 8 years ago

What a cool tool Brian!  Thanks for the info I'm off to check out what they say about the Triangle.  NAR does have that relo report - and we get some info from our reports on TMLS - I'm looking forward to comparing the info!

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) almost 8 years ago

Brian, very cool, thanks for sharing this, as my fellow NC pals have said I can't wait to see where they're coming from.

Posted by David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Realty Inc) almost 8 years ago

I looked at the map earlier this morning, but it's from 2008 isn't it?

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing almost 8 years ago

This is neat. I want to check out Southern Maryland. Thanks for the tip!

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge almost 8 years ago