American Mobility Declines Even Further in 2016

According to the most recent 2016 estimates from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a smaller share of Americans moved across state lines in the last year than in any year since 1948, when tracking of annual mobility began. Over 13% of the US population made a permanent move across state lines between 1947 and 1948; less than 7% did so between 2015 and 2016.

Recent declines continue a long-term trend toward what many refer to as the increasing “rootedness” of the American population. In my own research, however, I argue that these declines reflect the increasing tendency of Americans to remain “stuck” in place – unable to move even when they expect to do so.

Here are Richard Florida’s thoughts on this Census report, published on CityLab.


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