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Report Number P20-549
Jason P. Schachter
Component ID: #ti911551564

Geographic mobility has long been an important aspect of American life, affecting both people and geographic areas. At an individual level, moving has a number of potential impacts, such as expanding economic opportunity or increasing residential satisfaction. The movement of people is a key demographic factor for any area’s population trends, and can change its demographic and socioeconomic composition. Finally, federal, state, and local government, as well as private industry, need to understand who moves and why when planning for needed services, facilities, and businesses.

This report examines geographic mobility in the United States, including differences in the extent and types of movement in recent years, characteristics of movers compared with nonmovers, distance of moves, reasons for moving, and regional migration patterns.

Reason-for-move and distance-of-move tabulations are included in this report for the first time, as well as a special topic section that uses multivariate analysis to examine how different variables influence the likelihood that a person moved.

Table 1. General Mobility, by Region, Sex, and Age: 2003

Table 3. General Mobility, by Region and Selected Characteristics: 2003

Table 6. General Mobility of Persons 25 Years and Over, by Region, Age, and Educational Attainment: 2003

Table 8. General Mobility of Persons 16 Years and Over, by Region, Sex,and Labor Force Status: 2003

Table 9. General Mobility of Employed Civilians 16 Years and Over, by Sex, Age, and Major Occupation Group: 2003

Table 10. General Mobility of Employed Civilians 16 Years and Over, by Sex, Age, and Major Industy Group: 2003

Table 11. General Mobility of Persons 15 Years and Over, by Region, Age, and Income in 2002: 2003

Table 13. General Mobility, by Sex, Age, and Relationship to Householder: 2003

Table 14. General Mobility of Family Householders, By Type of Household, Age of Householder, and Presence and Ages of Own Children Under 18: 2003

Table 17. General Mobility of Householders, by Tenure, Age, and Household Income in 2002: 2003

Table 21. Migration Flows Between Regions, by Income in 2002, Occupation,and Industry: 2003

Table 22. Inmigration, Outmigration, and Net Migration by Metro Status and Selected Characteristics:

Table 31. Reason for Move by Personal Characteristics (all categories): 2003

Table 32. Reason for Move by Personal Characteristics (collapsed categories): 2003

Table 33. Reason for Move by Personal Characteristics and Type of Move (all categories): 2003

Table 34. Reason for Move by Personal Characteristics and Type of Move (collapsed categories): 2003

Table 35. Distance of Intercounty Move by Selected Characteristics: 2003

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