All articles about movement within the U.S. have to include a pun on “Go West, young man,” but looking at this map of migration in the first decade of the 2000s — put together by a team at the University of Wisconsin — it’s hard to summarize that way. “Go Southwest, young man?” Well, no; for one thing, only Nevada, Arizona and California have thad inflows around there, and Southwestern swathes of New Mexico and Texas have seen outward movement. “Go Southeast, young man?” Sure, there’s plenty of movement to there, but it’s hardly the only place.
In fact, “Go anywhere but the plains and the rust belt” seems to be the most parsimonious slogan. Hat-tip to Flowing Data.