The infusion of new residents that North Carolina received in 2009-2010 derived largely from nearby states. The most in-migration came from Florida and South Carolina, both of which had higher rates of unemployment.
However, the state with the second-highest rate of in-migration was Virginia, despite an unemployment rate that held steady at a relatively low 6.9 percent.
People from nearby Virginia and other neighboring states may have moved to North Carolina simply because of the presence of some major players in the banking industry, such as Bank of America, and the many opportunities available in technology, biotechnology and biochemistry in the Research Triangle Park area. The state ranked fourth on CNBC's "Top States for Business 2010" list.