More Americans Staying Put as Mobility Reaches Record Low

New data indicates more Americans are putting plans to move on hold. View mobility data for each state to see how your state compares.
by | November 15, 2011

Mobility in the U.S has reached a record low as more Americans opt to stay put in a weak economy.

Figures reported today by the U.S. Census Bureau show only 11.6 percent of the population moved from 2010 to 2011, the lowest since the number was first tracked in 1948.

The 2011 Current Population Survey also found 7.7 percent of residents moved within the same county, also a historic low. Another 2 percent of Americans moved to different counties within the same state, with the remainder moving among states or from abroad.

Housing-related reasons drove most decisions to move. Survey estimates indicate people moved for the following reasons:

  • Housing-related: 44.9 percent
  • Family-related 27.9 percent
  • Employment-related: 18.5 percent
  • Other: 8.8 percent

Data for the 2011 Current Population Survey was compiled using responses from 50,000 households across the country. Those living in nursing homes, college dormitories, military bases and other "group quarters" were not surveyed.

Breakdowns of data by geographic area are not available. Recently-released 2010 American Community Survey figures do, though, illustrate similar mobility trends by state.

The following 2010 ACS figures are for the population one year and older. Please note that estimates were compiled differently than 2011 Current Population Survey data.

State 1 and over population Same house 1 year ago Percent moving
Alabama 4,729,509 3,987,155 15.7
Alaska 702,974 565,031 19.6
Arizona 6,332,786 5,069,002 20.0
Arkansas 2,888,304 2,387,806 17.3
California 36,907,897 30,790,221 16.6
Colorado 4,988,190 4,042,039 19.0
Connecticut 3,541,146 3,100,742 12.4
Delaware 889,812 764,640 14.1
District of Columbia 596,747 474,676 20.5
Florida 18,647,600 15,554,008 16.6
Georgia 9,587,237 8,015,409 16.4
Hawaii 1,346,274 1,140,572 15.3
Idaho 1,550,967 1,279,856 17.5
Illinois 12,680,126 11,009,852 13.2
Indiana 6,414,862 5,431,015 15.3
Iowa 3,013,053 2,553,210 15.3
Kansas 2,820,894 2,341,401 17.0
Kentucky 4,296,639 3,638,259 15.3
Louisiana 4,483,529 3,826,390 14.7
Maine 1,313,902 1,136,780 13.5
Maryland 5,716,785 4,917,637 14.0
Massachusetts 6,489,250 5,583,650 14.0
Michigan 9,762,127 8,310,098 14.9
Minnesota 5,244,256 4,480,630 14.6
Mississippi 2,931,228 2,510,729 14.3
Missouri 5,920,858 4,968,921 16.1
Montana 978,507 821,709 16.0
Nebraska 1,802,697 1,497,138 17.0
Nevada 2,667,364 2,030,410 23.9
New Hampshire 1,303,865 1,118,359 14.2
New Jersey 8,709,933 7,841,470 10.0
New Mexico 2,039,549 1,735,950 14.9
New York 19,171,916 16,976,205 11.5
North Carolina 9,443,000 7,982,017 15.5
North Dakota 665,654 556,222 16.4
Ohio 11,405,101 9,745,227 14.6
Oklahoma 3,716,264 3,065,497 17.5
Oregon 3,794,008 3,110,896 18.0
Pennsylvania 12,577,555 11,053,022 12.1
Rhode Island 1,042,240 900,283 13.6
South Carolina 4,577,399 3,870,879 15.4
South Dakota 805,616 680,993 15.5
Tennessee 6,282,706 5,299,496 15.6
Texas 24,899,075 20,500,156 17.7
Utah 2,724,064 2,240,636 17.7
Vermont 619,363 534,975 13.6
Virginia 7,930,773 6,752,310 14.9
Washington 6,661,321 5,464,985 18.0
West Virginia 1,833,535 1,625,125 11.4
Wisconsin 5,623,196 4,824,045 14.2
Wyoming 556,954 444,614 20.2

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