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17 years ago

Keep at it, Rich! It would
Keep at it, Rich! It would be useful to have an indicator of migration months before the Census data, but only if it’s accurate.

17 years ago

Rich, I’ve been wondering
Rich, I’ve been wondering for months now, about the numbers given by the Finance Dept. Where do they get it, how is it measured, and ultimately why does it end up different from the Census? What is the most current out migration data? The Census data ends in the year ending June 05; has migration picked up since then?

17 years ago

There is a third,
There is a third, unofficial, indication of migration. U-haul prices! I haven’t checked in a while (I tried now but their site was down), but when I out-migrated to Portland, OR, to rent a truck one-way to Oregon from San Diego was about $1500. To rent one one-way the other direction was $250. They would practically pay you to take a truck back to California for them. The moving companies (like United, Allied, etc.) gaves us similar stories. The Census bureau’s numbers are more consistent with anecdotal evidence and the supply/demand-driven prices of non-speculative goods and services (things other than houses).