Forbes has released the information contained in the maps above regarding migration patterns in and out of every county in the United States.
When it comes to Santa Cruz County, the population has risen from 251,377 in 2005 to 262,382 in 2010. However, as you can see in the maps, there has been a large outgoing population over the last half decade.
As you scroll through the maps, notice the red areas increase. Each red area signifies a county in which more people moved from Santa Cruz County to that county than did people from that county to Santa Cruz County. Blue counties signify the opposite.
Interestingly, the number of outgoing people has been declining steadily, to a point in 2009 when the outgoing and incoming populations appear practically equal. It will be interesting to see if blue overtook red in 2010 when that data becomes available.
Why do you think there have been so many people leaving the county over the last several years? Lack of jobs? High cost of living? Tell us in the comments!