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Published: Sunday, July 28, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Tracking migration with driver's license data

Ranked by the number of previously licensed drivers who immigrated to Snohomish County from these other states or countries in the five years from 2008 to 2012.

 State of originFive years ending in 2012
1California10,747
2Oregon4,187
3Texas3,315
4Arizona2,835
5Florida2,831
 Other countries2,369
6Michigan1,692
7Colorado1,570
8Nevada1,570
9Idaho1,518
10North Carolina1,442
11Utah1,120
12Illinois1,110
13Hawaii1,090
14Alaska1,071
15Kansas1,006
16Georgia1,001
17Virginia977
18New York918
19Montana910
20Minnesota721
21Ohio709
22Missouri694
23Pennsylvania674
24Wisconsin674
25Tennessee547
26New Mexico487
27Maryland451
28Oklahoma449
29Indiana445
30South Carolina422
31Alabama419
32New Jersey414
33Massachusetts367
34Louisiana336
35Iowa319
36Arkansas312
37Nebraska271
38Kentucky237
39Connecticut212
40Wyoming188
41North Dakota178
42Missippi175
43South Dakota154
44Maine138
45New Hampshire110
46West Virginia70
47Delaware67
48Rhode Island65
49Vermont63
50District of Columbia50


Every month, the state Department of Licensing releases data on the issuance of driver's licenses to new residents. The numbers are broken down by the county in which the newly arrived person lives, but the more interesting figures show where these residents came from. Here's a look at the states of origin for immigrants to Snohomish County.

When someone obtains a Washington driver's license, they must surrender the license issued by the jurisdiction from which they came. In Snohomish County, in the five years from 2008 to 2012, 77,277 previously licensed people were issued a Washington license.

The State Patrol also tries to track Washingtonians who move elsewhere and surrender their licenses in other states, but that data is hard to obtain, so a true measure of net in- or out-migration is not possible.

SOURCE: State Department of Licensing


Story tags » TransportationDemographicsSnohomish County

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