The spatial distribution of quality of life in the United States and interstate migration, 1965-1970 and 1985-1990

Uzi Rebhun*, Adi Raveh

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This study applies a relatively new method called 'co-plot' to examine the relationships between the 48 contiguous states of the United States and selected indicators of quality of life in 1970 and 1990, and how these characteristics coincide with five-year interstate migration rates. The findings show an overall process of polarization of quality of life throughout the country. Strong similarity was found between states of a given division or region. The states which composed New England, the Middle Atlantic and the Pacific divisions are located in the strong sector of the socio-economic space. The direction of migration is toward states of the more external belts of the country. In the second part, multiple regression analysis was applied revealing a strong effect of economic incentives on migration; over time; migration turns into a widespread phenomenon among different socio-economic groups, with income becoming less significant as a predictor of interstate migration.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)137-178
Number of pages42
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 2006

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
* Preliminary results from this study were presented at the 1998 annual meeting of the Population Association of America, held in Chicago; and at the Eighth International Facet Theory Conference, held in 2001 in Prague. The authors wish to thank Judith Even for editorial assistance, and Vered Shatil for graphic design. The comments of Alex C, Michalos and an anonymous referee were especially helpful. The second author was supported in part by the Recanati Foundation. Please direct all correspondence to Uzi Rebhun 1 All references in this section appear in Appendix A in chronological order with a brief assessment of each as well as its relevance.


  • Co-plot
  • Migration
  • Quality of life
  • Regression analysis
  • United States


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