Native borns more likely to stay in N.C.


In fact, 71 percent of North Carolina's population is made up of natives.

The Tar Heel State comes in second to Texas as being a "sticky" state -- a state that holds onto its native-born population. Texas has 75.8 percent of its native and Georgia rounds out the top three with 69 percent native population.

Rounding out the top six are California, Wisconsin and Michigan.

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press conducted the study on national migration patterns.

According to D'Vera Cohn, a senior writer with the Pew Research Center, various qualities affect the stickiness of a state, including job opportunities that allow natives to stay and a strong sense of attachment to family and home.

The study tried to explain why Americans seem to be settling down. According to U.S. Census numbers, only 13 percent of Americans changed residences between 2006 and 2007, the lowest percentage since the U.S. began keeping track in the 1940s.

The Pew Center surveyed over 2,000 adults and discovered that some states are "magnets" that attract transplants from other states.

The top three states that were least sticky and contain the smallest amount of native-born people are Washington, D.C., Alaska and Wyoming.

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