Americans On The Move Once Again
May 31, 2001
Although the nation's overall mobility rate declined in the 1990s, two Census estimates just out show that out-of-state moves have increased for the second consecutive year. Experts say the reason, quite simply, is jobs.
- From March 1999 to March 2000, 19.3 percent of movers went to a different state -- up from 15 percent two years earlier and 18 percent last year.
- When they make a move, most people stay within the same county -- 56 percent of them last year -- but such moves have been drifting downward in the past 20 years and they continue to decline.
- From 1999 to 2000, 16 percent of the U.S. population -- or 43 million people -- moved.
- More than two-thirds of people who moved to other counties and other states did so because they had a new job or a job transfer.
Better-educated people move longer distances for better-paying jobs. Some 47 percent of movers with a bachelor's degree moved to another county -- compared to 34 percent of those with less than a high school education.
Source: Haya El Nasser, "Out-of-State Moves Are Up for 2nd Year," USA Today, May 31, 2001.
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