The Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers aren’t the only things flowing along Iowa’s eastern and western borders. The U.S. Census Bureau says the greatest outflow of Iowa residents in the five years from 1995 to 2000 was to nearby states. Beth Henning, coordinator of the State Library’s State Data Center program, says the eastern border saw a flow both ways. Illinois was the top destination for Iowans moving out of state, but, even more Illinois residents moved into Iowa during the period, giving the Hawkeye State a net gain between the two states. She says other neighbor states also saw Iowans move in. Minnesota and Nebraska were the second and third most popular states for those leaving Iowa. Henning says the state’s population made gains despite the number of people leaving. She says Iowa had a net outflow of 33-thousand and three people, but Iowa’s population increased due to births and foreign immigration. State leaders have bemoaned the number of young people who graduate from the states colleges and universities and flee the state. Henning says the census numbers verify that trend. She says the largest amount of movement came in the 20 to 34 age group with a loss of 27-thousand. Henning says that’s not unique to Iowa. Henning says Iowa’s midwestern living is apparently a draw to those who raising young one. She says there was a net inflow of adults aged 35-44 and of kids ages five to 19. Henning says they don’t know if the Iowans who head for the boarder are taking jobs just across the rivers, or if they travel a long ways away. She says they don’t have any way of telling where they end up in the new states. Henning says they also don’t know the reason people are leaving Iowa, whether it be for new jobs or other reasons.
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