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Old 06-23-2012, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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I'm a little bit of a sociology nerd, so this sort of stuff interests me. Looking through the past City-data forum posts from people posting in the Chicago or Chicago Suburbs subforums who are either (1) moving to Chicago or (2) interested in moving to Chicago or (3) have moved to Chicago and wanting more information...it really does seem to be a cross section of the country. The past 100 or so posts fitting the above criteria have included quite a few people from CA, the East Coast, the South (particularly from TX, GA, and FL), the Pac. Northwest, etc. And several people from outside the country.

Based on my perception, a common conception both on this board and in real life is that Chicago, at least in terms of relocation, tends to mostly attract people from the rest of the Midwest. But that seems to be contraindicated by a lot of the postings here on CD. To be sure - a lot of the postings have been from people elsewhere in the Midwest, but certainly not so disproportionate as to render a conclusion that most people who relocate are from the Midwest. Also a lot of posters do not specify where they are coming from, which may also be a factor. But overall, it appears that more people from outside the Midwest are posting about relocating to Chicago than from elsewhere inside the Midwest.

Now that being said, it could also be that people from elsewhere in the Midwest who relocate to Chicago are less likely to post on C-D, perhaps because of more familiarity with the city and less need for information...but I just can't see that being such a pronounced factor as to really make that much of a difference.

Anyway, I'd like to hear your thoughts on this. Particularly Chicagoans with personal experience. Does Chicago really tend to primarily attract other Midwesterners?
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Bay Area
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I think it has a lot to do with geographic convenience. Being the largest city in a given section of the country has the broadest appeal. I'm sure NYC has a greater sphere of influence to the cities around it just as I'm certain LA does as well.
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Old 06-23-2012, 05:19 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Definitely geographic convenience. I absolutely love LA and San Fran for example, but neither of them have the geographic convenience of being a 5 hr drive from the ho-hum whitopia I was raised in and my extended family lives.

What's challenging for me sometimes in that I don't quite know how to wrap my head around it is that I've definitely had my it's a small world after all moments here. I randomly ran into someone from junior high at a party one time, a friend from college who I lost touch with ended up here/etc. Also have the "cool Chicago connection" thing going on--one summer 8 out of the 12 weekends had some random various person/people contact me to visit me during their Chicago trip. So in a sense sometimes I can definitely tell I didn't get out of the Midwest, but nevertheless Chicago is a world class city and I've met people from all over the world here, which is what I was looking for when I came here. So, yeah geography definitely plays a role due to its proximity and convenience. If I were king of the universe and $$ wasn't a concern, would I live here if I could have the same quality of life elsewhere? IDK. But given the realities of my background, Chicago allows me to make the most out of the hand I've been dealt in life.

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Old 06-23-2012, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Yes, it is true.

Whenever I meet a transplant, which is often, I can comfortably bet my next paycheck that the person is from some other Midwestern place. I have found this to be truly baffling, and started conducting some (highly unscientific) research asking transplants why not leave the Midwest? Their answers seem to be some combination of wanting to live in a bigger city without straying too far from home, and the perception that people on the coasts are "mean." I then started asking my friends and family back in LA where they'd move if they had to, and the number of times Chicago came up was precisely zero. The answers were always some place also on the west coast, or New York. There seems to be some perception of the Midwest as the middle of nowhere.
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Yes, it is true.

Whenever I meet a transplant, which is often, I can comfortably bet my next paycheck that the person is from some other Midwestern place. I have found this to be truly baffling, and started conducting some (highly unscientific) research asking transplants why not leave the Midwest? Their answers seem to be some combination of wanting to live in a bigger city without straying too far from home, and the perception that people on the coasts are "mean." I then started asking my friends and family back in LA where they'd move if they had to, and the number of times Chicago came up was precisely zero. The answers were always some place also on the west coast, or New York. There seems to be some perception of the Midwest as the middle of nowhere.
Most of the "transplants" I encounter in my daily life aren't even from this country, much less this region of it. So I suppose my anecdotal experience cancels out yours.
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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What is the percentage of American transplants you know from the Midwest vs. the rest of the country?
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:44 AM
 
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if relocating (from another part of US), the majority who come have their roots in

Iowa
Ohio
Michigan
Wisconsin

Of course this list excludes immigration, which make up a huge %
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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All the transplants I know are from mexico.
Depends where you live
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:50 AM
 
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if relocating (from another part of US), the majority who come have their roots in

Iowa
Ohio
Michigan
Wisconsin

Of course this list excludes immigration, which make up a huge %
Indiana has a huge presence here, and I am seeing more and more plates from Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska.
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:16 AM
 
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I work in an office of 22 people.

3 michigan
2 indiana
1 iowa
1 massachussets
1 new Hampshire
1 florida
1 oklahoma
2 india
1 russia
1 nigeria
the rest illinois

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