Minnesota is attracting more new residents and losing fewer people to other states, a new report from Minnesota Planning shows. From 1990 to 1995 the number of people moving into Minnesota exceeded the number leaving by about 83,900. In contrast, between 1980 and 1990 more people left the state than moved in.
"Our strong economy is attracting more people to Minnesota," said Governor Arne H. Carlson. "This is a big change from the 1980s."
The geographic pattern of migration is changing. One major change is that more people now move from California to Minnesota than in the opposite direction. Minnesota is gaining fewer new residents from neighboring states, but more from states outside the Midwest, including states in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. Losses to Sun Belt states such as Arizona and Florida are smaller than in the past.
With a few exceptions, migration patterns have been more positive in almost all areas of the state. Many rural counties that had net out-migration in the 1980s are now experiencing net in-migration. In other rural counties, rates of net out-migration have fallen dramatically.
"Migration is the major factor in the faster population growth we are seeing," said Ann Schluter, acting director of Minnesota Planning. "As births decline, growth will increasingly depend on the number of people who move in and out of the state."