Oklahoma’s income tax debate is all about state-to-state competition for jobs and economic growth.
In our hunt for those corporate Okie expats in Texas — the ones that chose our southern neighbor because of its lack of an income tax — we started wondering: Which states are Oklahoma importing its people from? And which states are getting the most Okies?
The Internal Revenue Service has found a way to track this data through address changes on tax returns.
Source: Internal Revenue Service | Download Data
This state-by-state map explores migration into Oklahoma from other states and the District of Columbia. Darker states represent more to-Oklahoma migration.
Oklahoma siphons the most people from neighboring states — and California, a reverse Grapes of Wrath trend that has been recently observed.
Most Migration to Oklahoma
Click around. You’ll see household, individual and total migration from 2009-2010, which is the most recent data available.
Later this week we’ll explore migration out of Oklahoma and see if we can spot any patterns there.