Counties with the most born-and-bred residents in every state

American culture was born out of a sense of exploration and a desire to settle new land. While this mentality of charting new courses has led to a country that today stretches over 3.797 million square miles, many Americans still choose to live close to or in the city they grew up in. To learn more about where people are staying put, Stacker set out to compile a list of the counties in every state that have the most born-and-bred residents using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Stacker has produced a localized version of this story for all 50 states, along with visualizations that encompass the entire country. The stories and visualizations are made freely available for republication. We only require that you source and link back to the original article, linked below.

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Stacker compiled a list of the top counties in every state that have the most born-and-bred residents using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (from 2015-2019) released in December 2020.

A born-and-bred resident is defined as a person who lives in the state where they were born. The counties are ranked according to the percentage of the county population that was born in the county’s state. Please note that this dataset does not account for residents who might have moved away for a period of time and then came back to their hometowns, nor does it show the percent of the population that was born in the same state, but a different county.

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