Where are workers leaving Dayton going? Charlotte, Atlanta top out-of-state list

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Officials hope to attract more workers to Dayton region

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Ohio’s big three cities and three Southeastern cities have proven most popular with workers who left the Dayton region and the state in the past decade, according to a new report that looks at ways the Dayton region can attract and retain a talented workforce.

The Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland metropolitan areas were the top three destinations between 2010-2020, according to the report by TIP Strategies.

Workers leaving Dayton-Kettering Metropolitan Statistical Area* 2010-2020
RankRegional destination of outgoing workers
1Columbus, OH
2Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN
3Cleveland-Elyria, OH
4Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
5Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA
6Knoxville, TN
7Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
8Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
9Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
10Ashville, NC
  
 *Comprised of Montgomery, Greene and Miami counties. All source locations are metropolitan statistical areas.
 Source: U.S. Census Bureau data compiled by TIP Strategies

For workers moving out of Ohio the Charlotte, North Carolina, Atlanta and Knoxville, Tennessee regions were the most popular, the report found.

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The First Suburbs Consortium of Dayton partnered with the National League of Cities and TIP Strategies for the report. TIP Strategies, an Austin-based economic and workforce development consulting firm, combined regional data analysis with information gathered from a broad group of local business, education and government leaders at a forum held in September at Sinclair Community College.

“An important component of developing strategies for talent attraction and retention is understanding migration — where people in the Dayton-Kettering region have moved from, and where those who move away from the region choose to go,” the report says.

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Overall, “the inflow and outflow of people to the region is relatively stagnant,” the report said.

Springfield ranked first for the source of workers moving to the Dayton-Kettering region, followed by the Canton-Massillon, Ohio, region.

Workers moving to Dayton-Kettering Metropolitan Statistical Area 2010-2020*
RankRegional source of incoming workers
1Springfield, OH
2Canton-Massillon, OH
3Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
4Indiana (non-MSA)
5Akron, OH
6Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH and PA
7Rochester, NY
8Toledo, OH
9Muncie, IN
10Rockford, IL
  
 *Comprised of Montgomery, Greene and Miami counties. All source locations are metropolitan statistical areas except Indiana.
 Source: U.S. Census Bureau data compiled by TIP Strategies

The Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas metro region ranked third, followed by Indiana communities that are not part of a metropolitan statistical area.

“Talent attraction is so critical to the Dayton region, to any region,” said said Jack Jensen, executive director of the consortium.

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