WASHINGTON – March 20, 2015 – For the past several years, the mover rate has remained between 11.5 and 12.5 percent, according to new 2014 statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The mover rate between 2013 and 2014 was 11.5 percent or 35.7 million people age 1 year and over.

"When the Current Population Survey started collecting migration information in 1948, about one-in-five people moved over a one-year period," says David Ihrke, a demographer with the Census Bureau. "Today, that number has fallen to about one in nine."

This information comes from Geographical Mobility: 2013 to 2014, a collection of national- and regional-level tables that describe the movement of people in the United States. Info includes the type of move, reason for moving and characteristics of those who moved. Distance is also available for those who moved to a different county or state.

Survey highlights
  • Movement to the suburbs continued: The suburbs had a net gain of 2.2 million movers, while principal cities had a net loss of 1.7 million.
  • Renters continued to move at high rates: 24.5 percent of all people living in renter-occupied housing units lived elsewhere one-year prior. The mover rate of all people living in owner- occupied housing units was 5.0 percent.

Young adult migration

A separate study released by the Census Bureau looks at younger adult relocation. The report, Young Adult Migration: 2007-2009 to 2010-2012, looks at 18 to 34-year-olds.

The report finds that the post-recession migration of young adults declined 1.4 percentage points. While young adults are still the largest migrant group, much of the total decline between 2006 and 2009 can be traced to this age group, according to the Census Bureau.

"The two releases and surveys conducted by the Census Bureau provide a detailed picture of migration in the United States," said Megan Benetsky, an analyst with the Census Bureau.

Post-recession millennials
  • The migration rate of adults ages 18-34 declined 1.4 percentage points, while the rate for older adults was relatively steady.
  • Females 18 to 24 years old had a higher rate of migration than males (32.4 percent compared to 29.8 percent), but the pattern reversed for 25- to 29-year-olds (29.5 percent compared with 28.6 percent) and 30- to 34-year-olds (22.5 percent compared with 20.4 percent).
  • Non-Hispanics were more likely to migrate than Hispanics in all groups, but especially in the 18- to 24-year-old age group (32.9 percent of non-Hispanics migrated in the last year compared with 24.2 percent of Hispanics).
  • Employed individuals were least likely to move. Compared with other young adults, employed adults age 30 to 34 had the lowest migration rate (20.1 percent).

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