Executive Summary: Iowans and Income on the Move 2007-2008
This report highlights the migration trends between Iowa and the rest of the United States for the years 2007-08. IRS tax returns filed for the prior tax years were used to track the flow of income and population.
Iowa experienced net population gains from foreign countries (967), the Midwest (904), the Northeast (234), and the West (86). Iowa had the largest net population gains from the counties of Rock Island IL, Cook IL (Chicago), Los Angles CA, Whiteside IL (Sterling), El Paso CO (Colorado Springs), and Winnebago IL (Rockford).
Conversely, net population losses were to the other areas of the U.S. (-1,854 loss) and the South (-1,064 loss). Iowa had the largest net per capita income losses to the counties of Hennepin MN (Minneapolis), Berrien MI (Niles Benton Harbor), Minnehaha SD (Sioux Falls), Maricopa AZ (Phoenix), Union SD (Sioux City), and Douglas NE (Omaha).
Iowa only experienced a modest net per capita income gain from the Northeast ($13,590 per person) and foreign countries ($6,340 per person). The largest net income gains per person were from the counties of Dakota NE (Sioux City), Milwaukee WI, Duval FL (Jacksonville), Washington OR (Portland), Jackson MN, and Dane WI (Madison).
On the other hand, Iowa had net per capita income losses to the West ($-253,000 per person), the Midwest ($-95,700 per person), the South ($-60,680 per person), and other areas of the U.S. ($-41,580 per person). The largest net income losses per person were to the counties of Lee FL (Fort Myers), Douglas NE (Omaha), Lake IL (suburban Chicago), Larimer CO (Fort Collins), Wake NC (Raleigh), and Davidson TN (Nashville).
Upon request, the Department of Sociology at Iowa State University