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MIGRATION & IMMIGRATION


An essential value of the American lifestyle is the freedom of mobility. The Census asks respondents to identify if they lived in the same residence 5 years prior to the survey. If not, they are asked the location of their previous residence. Between 1995 and 2000, only 54.13 percent of Americans remained in the same house. This rate has been fairly steady: between 1985 and 1990, 53.29 percent remained in the same house.

Regionally, the rates differ greatly. Nevada’s population was the most mobile. About 62.6 percent of Nevada residents in 2000 lived in a different house in 1995. Of the Nevadans living in different houses, 40.2 percent were new arrivals to the state. On the other hand, Pennsylvania’s population was the most permanent. Only 36.5 percent of Pennsylvanians in 2000 lived in a different house in 1995. Of these people, only 15.8 percent were new arrivals to Pennsylvania.


Migration, 2000: Residence 5 Years Prior to Census
Residence in 1995 Number Percent
Same house 43,545 50.95%
Different house 41,914 49.05%
Same county 16,262 19.03%
Different county 24,430 28.59%
Same state 15,648 18.31%
Different State 8,782 10.28%
Elsewhere in 1995* 1,222 1.43%
Total Population Age 5+ 85,459 100.00%

Migration, 1990: Residence 5 Years Prior to Census
Residence in 1985 Number Percent
Same house 33,184 50.68%
Different house 32,292 49.32%
Same county 12,511 19.11%
Different county 19,441 29.69%
Same state 11,493 17.55%
Different State 7,948 12.14%
Elsewhere in 1985* 340 0.52%
Total Population Age 5+ 65,476 100.00%

* "Elsewhere" includes those living in U.S. Island Areas, in foreign countries, and at sea.

Source: Census 2000 analyzed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN).

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