Census Bureau: Some more people moved in 2012 than in 2011

Here’s the good news: In its 2012 report on the National Mover Rate, the Census Bureau found that 1.4 million more people moved in 2012 than did in 2011.

Here’s the bad news: That’s only a 0.4 percent increase.

Here’s the good news: It’s still an increase, and the 2011 rate was a record low. Heck, 12 percent of Americans moved in 2012.

So think of it as yet another small sign of the housing rebound.

Who were the biggest movers?

  • Families with kids, especially if the kids were under 5.
  • Separated people (as opposed to single, married, or divorced)
  • Renters
  • Those at or below the poverty line

Oh, and most people either moved within the same county, or close by.

Who stayed put?

  • Folks aged 75-84 (those 85 and over were slightly more likely to move)
  • Married people (but, as noted above, those with small kids were more likely to have moved)
  • Naturalized U.S. citizens (as opposed to native-born or non-citizens)

Those are the broad strokes, of course. Click here to read and access all the nitty-gritty.

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Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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One Response to Census Bureau: Some more people moved in 2012 than in 2011

  1. Jessica says:

    While that’s only a small increase, it’s still a noteworthy improvement, and we should all be happy to see it. 1.4 million people is a lot!

    However, renters and poverty-level individuals or families that have moved may not be helping the market very much. Young, middle-income families are the ones we really want to see on the rise!

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