2012-04-04 / News

New Yorkers most likely to move to Chesterfield

U.S. Census shows where new residents are coming from
By Michael Buettner

It’s probably not a big surprise to learn that most of the people who moved into Chesterfield from outside the county in recent years came from other localities in the Richmond metro area.

But it might be surprising to learn that more people moved here from New York than any other state, or that the largest number of people who moved here from any single locality outside Virginia came from the Phoenix, Ariz., area.

According to the recently released County-to-County Migration Study by the U.S. Census Bureau, 61 percent of the estimated 20,434 people who moved into Chesterfield between 2005 and 2009 came from other places in Virginia, with cities and counties in the Richmond area alone accounting for about 40 percent.

The remainder, an estimated 8,018 people, came here from 192 localities in 41 states as far away as Alaska and Hawaii.

Maricopa County, Ariz., topped the list of contributing localities, with 245 people moving to Chesterfield over the five-year period. In fact, that county topped the overall list of localities nationally that saw its residents disperse to other places, sending 160,158 people to 1,156 other locations.

Among the top states, an estimated 1,066 people moved here from New York, about 5.2 percent of Chesterfield’s total in-migration over the period. North Carolina sent 851 people here, or about 4.2 percent of the total, followed by Florida with 604 (3 percent), Pennsylvania with 576 (2.8 percent), Georgia with 523 (2.6 percent) and Maryland with 424 (2.1 percent).

At the opposite end of the list, Alaska saw an estimated seven residents pull up stakes and move to Chesterfield, all of them from Fairbanks, according to the Census Bureau.

Chesterfield ranked 209th out of 3,141 localities in the nation that received people moving from other locations over the five-year period, according to the bureau’s study.

Altogether over the period studied, an estimated 20,434 people moved to Chesterfield from other parts of Virginia and the U.S. Meanwhile, 17,094 people left, which means Chesterfield gained a net 3,340 people from migration into the county.

That was a stronger performance than the county’s regional rivals posted. Henrico County saw a larger inflow of 22,977 people but also a larger outflow at 19,764 for a net gain of 3,213 people. Richmond attracted 22,044 new residents but lost 23,374 for a net loss of 1,330. Hanover County saw an inflow of 6,430 people and an outflow of 4,947 for a net gain of 1,483.

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