Land cover type and stayers in US counties
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Although internal migration in the US has been declining since the 1980s, the reasons for Americans' increasing rootedness remain lesser studied than those accounting for the country's still-high mobility rates. Likewise, despite that the effects of location-specific environmental amenities on peoples' migration patterns have received increasing attention within the migration literature since the 1970s, it is still unknown if different types of natural environments are associated with unique impacts on migration. In response to these gaps in knowledge, this thesis will seek to answer the following question: All else equal, do different types of natural environments influence non-migration levels in US counties? A series of Generalized Linear Models with logit links and binomial families demonstrate that, while different land cover types are associated with different levels of non-migration in US counties, counter to expectations those counties with higher percentages of land cover classified as "natural" are not associated with higher percentages of stayers than counties with high percentages of "human-impact" land cover.