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Generations of people came to the Midwest in hopes of finding a better life. But economic opportunity has been harder to find since the recession began, and people have left the region in record numbers in search of jobs or a better housing market. Changing Gears “Midwest Migration” project is collecting photos, stories, and voicemail messages from former Midwesterners – people who have left region since the recession of 2008.We’re mapping where people ended up, and we're sharing their stories about why they left and whether life is better for them now.We’ll also hear whether they plan to return to the Midwest.You can share your Midwest migration story here, and see responses on our Midwest Migration tumblr page.The Midwest Migration will run through mid-February 2012.

Infographic: Midwest Migration

Meg Cramer
Changing Gears

Over the last few weeks, we have been hearing from those who have left the region to settle in other parts of the country andthe world. We’ve been mapping the migration and documenting the experiences of these Midwestern exiles. We heard from close to 200 people. Now that the project is wrapping up, we wanted to compare the stories we heard to regional trends.

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