Switching States Is On the Rise

Immigrants, people in their 20s take the lead in mobility
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2007 10:25 PM CST
Switching States Is On the Rise
"When immigrants come to the U.S., they go one place, and they move to another place," says William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution. "They're more likely to be renters. They're more likely to follow jobs."   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Americans are moving from state to state at the highest rate since the early '90s, reports  USA Today. The trend stems from immigrants spreading out from the traditional gateway states in search of jobs and lower living costs, as well as a larger number of mobile twenty-somethings. In a 2006 Census survey, 2.7% of Americans said they had moved from a different state in the previous year.

The number of Americans in their 20s declined from 40.5 million in 1990 to 38.3 million in 2000, and rose again to almost 42 million in 2006. State-hopping hit a low in the late '90s, when baby boomers reached their fifties, according to USA Today's analysis of the Census data. (Read more US Census stories.)

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