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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 283,583 54.31%
Different house 238,597 45.69%
Same county 159,775 30.60%
Different county 72,964 13.97%
Same state 37,709 7.22%
Different State 35,255 6.75%
Elsewhere in 1995* 5,858 1.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 522,180 100.00%

Migration, 1990: Residence 5 Years Prior to Census
Residence in 1985 Number Percent
Same house 283,472 53.31%
Different house 248,224 46.69%
Same county 162,040 30.48%
Different county 80,701 15.18%
Same state 35,481 6.67%
Different State 45,220 8.50%
Elsewhere in 1985* 5,483 1.03%
Total Population Age 5+ 531,696 100.00%

* "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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