Economic Migration Patterns

Source: IRS Migration Data, courtesy of the Kentucky State Data Center at the University of Louisville

This IRS migration data shows how many people moved into Lexington Рand at what income levels Рand how many people moved away from Lexington to other cities Рand at what income levels.  Between 2007 and 2008.

The Bottom Line: Lexington is still suffering – noticeably – from Brain Drain and Economic Drain.

8366 People moved into Fayette County, earning an average of $39,294.

Meanwhile 8088 moved away from Fayette County, earning an average of $48,872.

Hence, the average person who moved away from Lexington earned 24% more than the average person who moved to Lexington.

This means Lexington, as a city, lost $66,543,132 in our local economy – to the rest of the U.S.

City (County)

Migration into Lex, from…

Avg. Gross Income

Migration out of Lex, to…

Avg. Gross Income

Louisville (Jefferson)

359

$32,521

455

$37,804

Columbus, OH (Franklin) 62 $39,871 75 $38,787
Nashville, TN (Davidson) 38 $35,684 68 $41,221
Indianapolis (Marion) 35 $47,571 38 $59,711
Knoxville, TN (Knox) 30 $42,433 31 $48,000
Atlanta, GA (Fulton) 25 $43,200 35

$45,171

Memphis (Shelby) 27 $50,111 25 $80,120
Dayton, OH (Montgomery) 26 $26,923 21 $47,619
Charlotte, NC (Mecklenberg) 14 $52,500 32 $62,281
Charleston, SC 12 $25,167 24 $40,500
Austin, TX (Travis) ( <10 ) N/A 20 $81,550
Cleveland, OH (Cuyahoga) 16 $80,438 12 $40,917
Cincinnati (Hamilton) 14 $38,143 12 $82,167
Chicago, IL (Cook) 48 $46,938 69 $203,536
Madison, WI (Dane) 12 $57,000 11 $39,455
Boston (Middlesex) 12 $224,667 17 $43,353
Pittsburgh, PA (Allegheny) 10 $163,200 11 $132,909