NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- With the housing crisis far from over and unemployment still running high, fewer Americans are leaving their homes to seek greener pastures, according to new data from the Census Bureau.
The census found in its 2010 survey of geographic mobility that only 2.9 million Americans cited a new job as their reason for moving last year, compared to 3.2 million people in 2009. Similarly, only 971,000 Americans said they moved to look for work in 2010, down from 1 million Americans in 2009.
The unemployed were particularly less likely to move, the bureau found, with 2.9 million jobless Americans staying put in 2010.
Conversely, the Census Bureau also found that the young were more likely to be geographically mobile than older Americans. Those in the 20 – 24-year-old range were most likely to move (1 million), up from 847,000 people in 2009. For those aged 24 - 29 years old, the number of movers increased, rising from 570,000 people in 2009 to 846,000 people in 2010.
In terms of where everyone was headed, the Census found interregional movement was slower than a year ago, though more Americans are moving from the Midwest to the West; from the South to the West; and from the West to the South, compared to last year’s study.
The census surveyed 57,000 households in 792 sample areas, including 2,007 counties and independent cities in every state and the District of Columbia, to compile its data. In addition to Americans’ relocation data and household demographics, the survey measures the country’s economic status.
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