Denton County

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 150,036 37.71%
Different house 247,817 62.29%
Same county 88,285 22.19%
Different county 147,157 36.99%
Same state 93,406 23.48%
Different State 53,751 13.51%
Elsewhere in 1995* 12,375 3.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 397,853 100.00%

Migration, 1990: Residence 5 Years Prior to Census
Residence in 1985 Number Percent
Same house 90,373 36.13%
Different house 159,779 63.87%
Same county 49,547 19.81%
Different county 106,050 42.39%
Same state 68,086 27.22%
Different State 37,964 15.18%
Elsewhere in 1985* 4,182 1.67%
Total Population Age 5+ 250,152 100.00%

* "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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