Using Migration Degree to Distinguish Post-Industrial U.S. Cities

Findings: People do not move out of Boston for the same reasons they move out of Detroit. When we look at migration in and out of cities, we can use smarter metrics to classify the economic health of a city.

Methods: Regresses a network of US CBSA to CBSA migration flows for more than 200 million people in Pennsylvania from 1990-2011.

Good for: If you are attempting to clarify and rehabilitate the image of a city, or plan how to increase population inflows. Housing developers may find value in predicting inflows/outflows of certain demographics.

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