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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 286,630 47.25%
Different house 320,003 52.75%
Same county 211,684 34.89%
Different county 86,452 14.25%
Same state 63,403 10.45%
Different State 23,049 3.80%
Elsewhere in 1995* 21,867 3.60%
Total Population Age 5+ 606,633 100.00%

Migration, 1990: Residence 5 Years Prior to Census
Residence in 1985 Number Percent
Same house 211,238 43.00%
Different house 279,982 57.00%
Same county 169,203 34.45%
Different county 95,573 19.46%
Same state 60,835 12.38%
Different State 34,738 7.07%
Elsewhere in 1985* 15,206 3.10%
Total Population Age 5+ 491,220 100.00%

* "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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