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Data reveals places Whatcom people move to or arrive from

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides data based upon year to year tax return addresses that reveals the from and to locations when people move.

According to recently released IRS 2014-2015 tabulations, nearly 77,000 households in Whatcom County remained in the County, just over 5,500 households (~7%) moved into the County and just over 4,600 (~5.5%) moved out of the County.

In terms of adjusted gross income, those moving into Whatcom County represented $323,881,000 and those moving out represented $231,704,000. So the adjusted gross income increased $92,177,000 as a result of migrations in and out as reported by the IRS.

The following table shows the top 10 most popular destinations for those moving out of the County (in order of # of people).

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Destination Households People  Income 
King County 762 986 35,595,000
Skagit County 459 765 22,244,000
Snohomish County 419 672 18,248,000
Pierce County 139 220 5,790,000
Maricopa County (AZ) 100 191 5,245,000
Spokane County 82 131 2,877,000
Thurston County 72 120 3,223,000
Clark County 70 109 4,075,000
Los Angeles County (CA) 66 100 3,241,000
Multnomah County (OR) 70 87 1,770,000

 

The following table shows the top 10 origins for those moving into the County (in order of # of people).

Origin Households People  Income 
King County 832 1259 49,183,000
Skagit County 428 765 20,288,000
Snohomish County 456 755 25,021,000
Pierce County 153 232 5,971,000
Maricopa County (AZ) 88 187 7,517,000
Island County 120 183 3,904,000
San Diego County (CA) 91 177 6,181,000
Los Angeles County (CA) 92 149 5,657,000
Spokane County 99 134 3,941,000
Thurston County 80 112 2,003,000

 

The 4 closest counties, Skagit, Snohomish, King and Pierce, take the top 4 positions for migration both in and out of the County. Next on both lists is Maricopa County, home to Phoenix, AZ, followed by other Washington, Oregon and California counties.

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