Oklahoma competes with other states for jobs and people, and some argue that states without an income tax are more attractive to business.
In Oklahoma, lawmakers are in a heated debate over reducing and ultimately phasing out the personal income tax.
This isn’t an exact science, but migration and economics are linked. People and money tend to move together, and population growth is often a marker for economic expansion.
Texas is growing, but detractors say population can be strategically used to mislead people about a state’s economic prosperity.
Earlier this week we looked at migration into Oklahoma from other states. Texas was No. 1 on that list.
We’ve used the same Internal Revenue Service data, which tracks migration through address changes on tax returns, and build an interactive map of migration out of Oklahoma.
Check out the map below. Poke around (drag that mouse westward for Alaska and Hawaii!), and click on a state to see household, individual and total migration from 2009-2010, the most recent data available.
Source: Internal Revenue Service | Download Data
Simple geography plays a big role here, and like it was with incoming migration, lots of people leave Oklahoma for neighboring states like Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri. New Mexico is an interesting exception, both coming and leaving.
Migration to and from Oklahoma
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Texas is No. 1 in migration to and from Oklahoma, the IRS data show. And the numbers of people coming to and from Oklahoma from the Lone Star State is almost the same. According to the data, slightly more people migrated to Oklahoma from Texas in 2009-2010.
To Oklahoma from Texas
From Oklahoma to Texas