The net migration of educated residents in Michigan was lower than the “Top Ten” average in 2014. However, 2014 marked the third consecutive year in which Michigan had a net positive migration of talented individuals after five prior years of net losses. Michigan gained over three times the amount of highly educated residents in 2014 than it had the year before, and ranked eighth among peer states.

What It Is: Immigrants with a bachelor’s degree or higher minus emigrants with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Why It Matters: This measure indicates how well a state attracts and retains highly educated individuals to live in the state.

Note: This measure does not take into account emigrants who have moved to another country.    

Talent Migration Trends

Talent Migration Standings

Source: U.S. Census Bureau (American Community Survey)