Counties with the most born-and-bred residents in New York

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August 9, 2021
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Counties with the most born-and-bred residents in New York

In certain corners of the U.S., the only way you’ll ever be considered a local is if you were born there. Elsewhere, particularly in major metropolitan centers, the constant influx of new businesses, college students, and families can transform neighborhoods every few years and certainly decade over decade.

Americans change their addresses at higher rates than most other countries, but that “move, move, move” mentality may be shifting. In 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that only 11.2% of respondents had moved within the last year. Additionally, 72% of Americans reported living in or close to the city they grew up in. To learn more about where people are staying put, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the most born-and-bred residents in New York using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percentage of residents that were born in the state as of 2019.

Keep reading to discover which counties in your state have the most born-and-bred residents.

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#30. Clinton County

- Population: 80,583
- Born in New York: 63,184 (78.4% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 13,260 (16.5% of population)
--- Midwest (2.2%), Northeast (8.9%), South (3.3%), West (1.8%)
- Born in another country: 3,443 (4.3% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (1.2%), Europe (0.9%), Latin America (0.8%), North America (1.2%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#29. Steuben County

- Population: 96,422
- Born in New York: 75,750 (78.6% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 17,192 (17.8% of population)
--- Midwest (2.9%), Northeast (9.5%), South (3.9%), West (1.4%)
- Born in another country: 3,094 (3.2% of population)
--- Africa (0.2%), Asia (1.3%), Europe (1.0%), Latin America (0.4%), North America (0.2%), Oceania (0.1%)
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#28. Franklin County

- Population: 50,477
- Born in New York: 39,873 (79.0% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 8,435 (16.7% of population)
--- Midwest (1.6%), Northeast (10.6%), South (3.0%), West (1.0%)
- Born in another country: 1,515 (3.0% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.5%), Europe (0.4%), Latin America (1.0%), North America (1.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#27. Ontario County

- Population: 109,511
- Born in New York: 86,889 (79.3% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 17,930 (16.4% of population)
--- Midwest (3.0%), Northeast (6.7%), South (3.7%), West (1.9%)
- Born in another country: 4,134 (3.8% of population)
--- Africa (0.2%), Asia (1.3%), Europe (0.9%), Latin America (0.9%), North America (0.5%), Oceania (0.1%)
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#26. Oneida County

- Population: 229,959
- Born in New York: 183,132 (79.6% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 27,807 (12.1% of population)
--- Midwest (2.0%), Northeast (4.0%), South (3.3%), West (1.7%)
- Born in another country: 17,343 (7.5% of population)
--- Africa (0.4%), Asia (3.5%), Europe (2.5%), Latin America (1.0%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#25. Yates County

- Population: 25,011
- Born in New York: 19,936 (79.7% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 4,500 (18.0% of population)
--- Midwest (2.1%), Northeast (11.0%), South (3.1%), West (1.7%)
- Born in another country: 519 (2.1% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (0.7%), Europe (0.5%), Latin America (0.7%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#24. Delaware County

- Population: 44,995
- Born in New York: 36,056 (80.1% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 6,697 (14.9% of population)
--- Midwest (2.2%), Northeast (7.3%), South (3.8%), West (1.2%)
- Born in another country: 1,984 (4.4% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (0.6%), Europe (1.9%), Latin America (1.5%), North America (0.2%), Oceania (0.1%)
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#23. Erie County

- Population: 919,355
- Born in New York: 741,471 (80.7% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 108,167 (11.8% of population)
--- Midwest (2.2%), Northeast (3.1%), South (3.8%), West (1.4%)
- Born in another country: 65,795 (7.2% of population)
--- Africa (0.8%), Asia (3.4%), Europe (1.5%), Latin America (1.0%), North America (0.5%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#22. Greene County

- Population: 47,424
- Born in New York: 38,321 (80.8% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 5,682 (12.0% of population)
--- Midwest (1.6%), Northeast (5.6%), South (3.0%), West (1.1%)
- Born in another country: 3,000 (6.3% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (1.1%), Europe (3.4%), Latin America (1.5%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#21. Seneca County

- Population: 34,390
- Born in New York: 28,007 (81.4% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 5,372 (15.6% of population)
--- Midwest (2.3%), Northeast (6.5%), South (4.2%), West (2.1%)
- Born in another country: 875 (2.5% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (0.6%), Europe (0.9%), Latin America (0.6%), North America (0.3%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#20. Madison County

- Population: 71,205
- Born in New York: 58,136 (81.6% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 10,708 (15.0% of population)
--- Midwest (3.3%), Northeast (5.7%), South (4.0%), West (2.0%)
- Born in another country: 1,866 (2.6% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (1.0%), Europe (0.8%), Latin America (0.4%), North America (0.3%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#19. St. Lawrence County

- Population: 108,913
- Born in New York: 88,927 (81.6% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 14,917 (13.7% of population)
--- Midwest (3.0%), Northeast (5.9%), South (3.0%), West (1.6%)
- Born in another country: 4,125 (3.8% of population)
--- Africa (0.2%), Asia (1.0%), Europe (1.1%), Latin America (0.6%), North America (0.9%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#18. Montgomery County

- Population: 49,302
- Born in New York: 40,455 (82.1% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 6,679 (13.5% of population)
--- Midwest (1.6%), Northeast (5.3%), South (2.0%), West (0.9%)
- Born in another country: 1,903 (3.9% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (0.9%), Europe (1.3%), Latin America (1.4%), North America (0.2%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#17. Allegany County

- Population: 46,688
- Born in New York: 38,322 (82.1% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 6,976 (14.9% of population)
--- Midwest (1.9%), Northeast (8.2%), South (2.9%), West (1.8%)
- Born in another country: 1,160 (2.5% of population)
--- Africa (0.3%), Asia (1.3%), Europe (0.5%), Latin America (0.2%), North America (0.2%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#16. Cattaraugus County

- Population: 77,121
- Born in New York: 63,812 (82.7% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 11,614 (15.1% of population)
--- Midwest (2.3%), Northeast (7.7%), South (3.2%), West (1.6%)
- Born in another country: 1,472 (1.9% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.6%), Europe (0.6%), Latin America (0.4%), North America (0.3%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#15. Schoharie County

- Population: 31,222
- Born in New York: 25,840 (82.8% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 4,343 (13.9% of population)
--- Midwest (1.8%), Northeast (7.4%), South (3.0%), West (1.6%)
- Born in another country: 933 (3.0% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (0.7%), Europe (1.3%), Latin America (0.6%), North America (0.2%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#14. Chenango County

- Population: 47,909
- Born in New York: 39,975 (83.4% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 6,973 (14.6% of population)
--- Midwest (1.9%), Northeast (8.0%), South (3.5%), West (0.9%)
- Born in another country: 753 (1.6% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.4%), Europe (0.7%), Latin America (0.3%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#13. Orleans County

- Population: 40,904
- Born in New York: 34,161 (83.5% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 5,294 (12.9% of population)
--- Midwest (2.5%), Northeast (4.2%), South (3.9%), West (1.2%)
- Born in another country: 1,208 (3.0% of population)
--- Africa (0.2%), Asia (0.7%), Europe (0.5%), Latin America (1.2%), North America (0.3%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#12. Wayne County

- Population: 90,519
- Born in New York: 75,950 (83.9% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 11,457 (12.7% of population)
--- Midwest (2.4%), Northeast (4.3%), South (4.2%), West (1.4%)
- Born in another country: 2,698 (3.0% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.7%), Europe (1.1%), Latin America (1.0%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#11. Hamilton County

- Population: 4,515
- Born in New York: 3,796 (84.1% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 616 (13.6% of population)
--- Midwest (2.3%), Northeast (7.3%), South (3.2%), West (0.2%)
- Born in another country: 79 (1.7% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.0%), Europe (1.4%), Latin America (0.0%), North America (0.2%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#10. Livingston County

- Population: 63,591
- Born in New York: 53,688 (84.4% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 7,412 (11.7% of population)
--- Midwest (2.4%), Northeast (4.2%), South (3.1%), West (1.4%)
- Born in another country: 2,277 (3.6% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (1.4%), Europe (0.8%), Latin America (1.0%), North America (0.3%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#9. Niagara County

- Population: 210,820
- Born in New York: 178,495 (84.7% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 23,087 (11.0% of population)
--- Midwest (2.1%), Northeast (3.5%), South (3.5%), West (1.4%)
- Born in another country: 8,244 (3.9% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (0.9%), Europe (1.3%), Latin America (0.9%), North America (0.7%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#8. Cortland County

- Population: 47,865
- Born in New York: 40,597 (84.8% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 6,114 (12.8% of population)
--- Midwest (2.3%), Northeast (5.8%), South (3.3%), West (1.3%)
- Born in another country: 925 (1.9% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.6%), Europe (0.8%), Latin America (0.4%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#7. Lewis County

- Population: 26,572
- Born in New York: 22,851 (86.0% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 3,161 (11.9% of population)
--- Midwest (2.3%), Northeast (4.3%), South (3.3%), West (2.0%)
- Born in another country: 415 (1.6% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.3%), Europe (0.3%), Latin America (0.8%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#6. Cayuga County

- Population: 77,425
- Born in New York: 66,866 (86.4% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 8,586 (11.1% of population)
--- Midwest (2.0%), Northeast (4.5%), South (3.3%), West (0.9%)
- Born in another country: 1,726 (2.2% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (0.5%), Europe (0.8%), Latin America (0.8%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#5. Herkimer County

- Population: 62,057
- Born in New York: 53,608 (86.4% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 6,616 (10.7% of population)
--- Midwest (2.1%), Northeast (4.5%), South (2.2%), West (1.7%)
- Born in another country: 1,609 (2.6% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (0.7%), Europe (1.4%), Latin America (0.2%), North America (0.2%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#4. Oswego County

- Population: 118,339
- Born in New York: 103,033 (87.1% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 12,582 (10.6% of population)
--- Midwest (1.9%), Northeast (4.4%), South (2.7%), West (1.4%)
- Born in another country: 2,326 (2.0% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.6%), Europe (0.7%), Latin America (0.4%), North America (0.2%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#3. Fulton County

- Population: 53,646
- Born in New York: 47,187 (88.0% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 5,272 (9.8% of population)
--- Midwest (1.6%), Northeast (4.2%), South (2.7%), West (0.9%)
- Born in another country: 980 (1.8% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.6%), Europe (0.6%), Latin America (0.4%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#2. Genesee County

- Population: 57,808
- Born in New York: 50,960 (88.2% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 5,619 (9.7% of population)
--- Midwest (2.1%), Northeast (3.4%), South (2.7%), West (1.2%)
- Born in another country: 1,105 (1.9% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.5%), Europe (0.5%), Latin America (0.8%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#1. Wyoming County

- Population: 40,305
- Born in New York: 35,705 (88.6% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 3,602 (8.9% of population)
--- Midwest (1.1%), Northeast (2.7%), South (2.8%), West (1.9%)
- Born in another country: 883 (2.2% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (0.4%), Europe (0.3%), Latin America (1.3%), North America (0.2%), Oceania (0.0%)

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