FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – If you're moving into or out of Fairfield County, chances are you're not going far, according to migration data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
According to a county-by-county migration map released by the bureau, New Haven County was the most popular destination in the country for people leaving and coming to Fairfield County.
Nearly 7,000 people left Fairfield County for New Haven County from 2006 to 2010. About 4,000 people migrated the other way, leaving New Haven and settling in Fairfield County.
Hartford County was the second-most popular destination for people leaving Fairfield County, with a little more than 2,100 people moving there over that same time period.
The second-most common origin for people moving into Fairfield County was Westchester County, N.Y., with about 3,500 people making that move. That was followed by New York County, N.Y., with just more than 2,200 people moving in from there.
The most popular county to move to outside of the Northeast from Fairfield County was Alachua County, Fla., with 965 people moving there from 2006 to 2010.
Meanwhile, 416 people moved from Los Angeles County, Calif., the most from one county outside of the Northeast that moved into Fairfield County.
Across the country, 47.3 million people lived in a different house a year earlier and 17.3 million of them lived in a different county within the United States, according to a statement, translating to an average of about 130,000 people moving every day. The largest yearly county-to-county flows originated from Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County, Calif.
The findings were released in a series of county-to-county “Migration Flow Tables,” from data collected by the American Community Survey from 2006 to 2010, according to the Census statement. As part of the survey, “household members were asked where they lived a year ago and responses were combined into a weighted average for the period,” according to the statement.
Seven of the top 10 flows of movers were among counties in the Los Angeles and Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif., metropolitan areas. The rest of the top 10 flows of movers were people moving among counties in the Miami, Phoenix, Detroit and Chicago metro areas, according to the statement.