The April 2012 issue of Alaska Economic Trends, published by the Alaska Department of Labor, analyzes Alaska's "highly migratory" population with data from several sources - the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend, IRS data, and census data. IRS data, from addresses on federal tax returns, shows that 30,000 people moved to Alaska from 2009 to 2010, and about 27,000 moved out of Alaska. The states with the highest number of residents moving to Alaska include:
- Washington with 2,804
- California, with 2,674
- Texas, with 2,266
- Florida, with 1,292
The article also notes that Alaska consistently attracts more people in the 21 to 35 age range than it loses, and 72% of 18-year-old PFD applicants are still in Alaska five years later. About 38% of Alaskans were born here, up from 31% in 1960 - but that is much lower than the national average of 59%.