Prince George's County leads all jurisdictions in local migration

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More D.C.-area residents on the move landed in Prince George's County than any other local jurisdiction from 2006 to 2010, according to census data released Tuesday.

Prince George's drew an average of 24,855 migrants a year from D.C., Montgomery, Fairfax and Arlington and was also the only jurisdiction to bring in more people from each other county than left for those counties, according to census data.

"Demographic-wise, we have a large Hispanic population now," said County Council Chairwoman Andrea Harrison, D-Bladensburg. "I would say that the demographics over the years have changed from a largely white and African-American community to what's basically a minority county."

Staying close by
Average migration between local jurisdictions, 2006-2010
Residents moving in Residents moving out
D.C. 13,447 25,546
Montgomery 16,529 16,378
Prince George's 24,855 16,422
Fairfax 13,351 8,114
Arlington 9,296 11,018

Harrison pointed to affordable housing as a big factor in bringing new residents in to the county. While Prince George's still leads Maryland in foreclosures, median sales price in the county jumped from $160,000 in 2011 to $170,000 in 2012, according to RealEstate Business Intelligence. Homes are also being bought quicker -- houses spent an average of 88 days on the market in 2012, down from 102 the year before.

While Prince George's spot atop the list was thanks in large part to an average of 13,775 migrants from D.C., 81 percent of whom were black., movement from other counties was largely Hispanic. That includes 39.1 percent of Fairfax's 1,603 average migrants to Prince George's and 26.3 percent of Montgomery's 8,933.

White movers also made up 28.3 percent of Montgomery's average, more than any other county. Prince George's had a net loss in black migration to and from every jurisdiction save for D.C.

"Over the last several decades, Prince George's County has attracted new residents from around the region, the country and the world," said Scott Peterson, a spokesman for County Executive Rushern Baker. "Our challenge as a county will be to direct that growth to areas that support transit-oriented development and the revitalization of our older communities, creating stronger communities and more walkable, pedestrian-friendly town centers."

Montgomery brought in the second-most local migrants, with 16,529, but also held a net loss when compared with Prince George's, Fairfax and Arlington. Fairfax had a net gain with all but Prince George's, while the District saw more people leave for than move in from all of its neighbors.

mconnolly@washingtonexaminer.com

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