Census: People Staying Put

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The share of Americans who made a long-distance move dropped to a record low last year as many young adults, struggling without jobs, opted to stay put rather than relocate to other parts of the U.S.
New census figures show about 12.5 percent of the U.S. population, or more than 38 million people, made some kind of move to a new home. Only in 2008 was the overall mobility rate lower, at 11.9 percent.
The share of moves across states fell to 1.4 percent, or roughly 4.3 million people. It was the lowest level since the government began tracking movers in 1948.
Census data released Tuesday show large metropolitan areas in Sun Belt states continued to attract some new residents, but at a slower pace.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2011 at 03:03 AM
    What was the report,not that long ago about how many had left Mich?Many would like to move but are trapped here.Many other states aren't doing that well either and the gov continues to make things sound all that good but most know better.Only the rich are doing fine.The rest aren't.Most students who get out of college will have to leave this state or they won't be working.How is that working for most?1948.The yr I was born.I know a lot that have left Mi and I even did for awhile.Bottom line is who cares really?
  • by non anonymous on Jan 11, 2011 at 12:07 PM
    I've heard from a couple different sources, that some very wealthy people are making plans to leave the U.S this year. Moving to a different state is like shuffling chairs around on the titanic.
  • by ROBERT Location: LANSING on Jan 11, 2011 at 10:57 AM
    The main reason that people are staying put, is that they cannot afford to leave. Most people owe more on their homes than they are worth. If you cannot sell, you don't move. Its as simple as that. I would leave in a heat beat, if I could sell my home. This City keeps raising everything in sight, expecially BWL, and please don't lecture me by saying they are cheaper than Consumers. This plant they want to build, should have been done when there was money in this state and City. Not now, when people are barely making it from pay day to pay day. Nothing but Greed and Stupidity.
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