Ambitious young people built America. And that pioneer spirit endures, even after the recession “essentially froze more people in place,” says Kenneth Johnson, a senior demographer at the University of New Hampshire.
Census data shows that about 3.8 percent of adults, ages 25 to 29, moved across state lines from March 2011 to March 2012, down from the 2005 peak of 5 percent. Overall, 1.7 percent of Americans made an interstate move in the 2011 to 2012 period.
On his blog, Brookings Institution demographer William Frey notes that the top locations attracting young movers are Denver, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, Austin, Washington D.C. and Portland.
Several of the favorite destinations are showing job growth, writes Frey.
But today, “a lot of young adults look at location first and think about a job second,” observes Dan Ryan of Dan Ryan Search and Consulting in Franklin, Tenn., noting that “sometimes companies will turn a blind eye to anyone who isn’t local.”
Still, a job is difficult to land, and one should make sure he or she has skills needed by employers in the area, Ryan advises. “Know how to network effectively and do that before [moving],” he says.
“Social media is a good networking tool, in that you can seek out people who have ties to firms that offer positions suited to you,” Ryan explains, and adds that he recently helped a young woman who contacted him by email. “She was the daughter of a friend and wanted to move to Nashville. I connected her to several people I know there.”
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