Number of Americans Moving Hits All Time Low
The percentage of Americans moving over a one-year period fell to an all time low in the United States to 11.2 percent in 2016, according to tables released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.
“People in the United States are still moving, just not to the same extent as they did in the past,” David Ihrkesaid, a survey statistician in the Journey-to-Work and Migration Statistics Branch. “The decision to move can be personal and contextual. What causes one person to move might not be enough to convince another.”
Among those who moved:
- 42.2 percent said they moved for a housing-related reason, such as wanting a new or better home/apartment.
- 27.4 percent said they moved for a family-related reason.
- 20.2 percent said they moved for an employment-related reason.
- 10.2 percent said they moved for some other reason.
- South saw the greatest number of people moving out (901,000),
- South also saw the largest inflow of people moving into the region (940,000).
- The inflows and outflows of the region are not statistically different from each other.
The highest mover rates by race:
- black or African-American alone population (13.8 percent) and the
- Asian alone population (13.4 percent).
- Hispanic or Latino population (12.6 percent)
- white alone population moved at a rate of 10.3 percent.
The statistics released today come from Geographical Mobility: 2015 to 2016
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