Forbes Magazine has released a map that charts migration between counties in 2008. The map has a nice interactive element that lets you choose a county and see how many people moved to and from that county, and where they went to or came from. It also gives the average income for the immigrants and emigrants.

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For a comparison, I looked at migration between Jefferson County, Kentucky and Cook County, Illinois. 274 moved to Louisville from Cook County, but 213 Louisvillians left for the Chicago-area. (Maybe they were drawn to Schaumburg) As an interesting aside, consider this: the people moving to Louisville from Cook County drew salaries just below $30,000, but those leaving Louisville drew salaries about $41,000. That’s a slight raise according to CNN’s cost of living calculator.

In 2008, Louisville also gained a net 26 residents from St. Louis City (not part of St. Louis County). One of those 26 was me.

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