Geographical Mobility Between 2012 and 2013
The U.S. Census Bureau has issued its annual set of 28 tables on how many Americans moved between 2012 and 2013 — the propensity to move declined slightly to 11.7 percent, vs. 12.0 percent between 2011 and 2012, returning to the levels of 2010 to 2011. Because Americans are more prone to move than the residents of many other countries, understanding mobility patterns is extremely important for economic development, labor market, education, and transportation planning.
The Census Bureau’s news release summary of the findings is at About 36 Million Americans Moved in the Last Year. Nearly two-thirds of movers remained in the same county, while only 25 percent moved 500 or more miles.
The most common reasons for moving were housing-related (48 percent), followed by family-related reasons (30 percent) and employment-related reasons (19 percent). Among those older than 15, the unemployed were most likely to move (19 percent), followed by the employed (12 percent) and those not in the labor force (9 percent).
The full set of 28 tables, as well as comparable data from prior reports, can be found at Current Population Survey Data on Geographical Mobility/Migration.
These data come from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS), the same survey used to report the official poverty rates. Mobility data are also available from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) and decennial censuses, at Geographical Mobility/Migration Main Web Site.
Modified On : November 19, 2013
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