Benton 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 67,439 51.17%
Different house 64,363 48.83%
Same county 33,580 25.48%
Different county 27,900 21.17%
Same state 14,320 10.86%
Different State 13,580 10.30%
Elsewhere in 1995* 2,883 2.19%
Total Population Age 5+ 131,802 100.00%

Migration, 1990: Residence 5 Years Prior to Census
Residence in 1985 Number Percent
Same house 49,097 47.50%
Different house 54,274 52.50%
Same county 28,069 27.15%
Different county 24,847 24.04%
Same state 11,713 11.33%
Different State 13,134 12.71%
Elsewhere in 1985* 1,358 1.31%
Total Population Age 5+ 103,371 100.00%

* "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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