Although mobility rates among Americans are at a 40-year low, almost 1 in 5 moves is across state borders these days. Just 14 percent of the total U.S. population moved in 2002 to 2003 about 40 million people a dramatic decline from the days the census counted mobility among 20 percent of the population in 1948.
Non-Hispanic whites were the group that moved least, at around 12 percent, and Hispanics, who may be of any race, and blacks tied for first place at 18 percent each. Asians were a close N0. 2, at 17 percent among movers.
Housing-related reasons accounted for the most changes in residence among Americans, at 51 percent, while family reasons (26 percent) and work reasons (16 percent) ranked second and third, respectively. During the time period, the Midwest and the Northeast experienced net losses of about 100,000 people in domestic migration, while both the South and the West showed net gains (125,000 and 74,000, respectively).