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According to data from Geographical Mobility: 2009, 37.1 million people 1 year and older changed residences in the U.S. within the past year. This represents an increase from 35.2 million in 2008.
In 2009, 67.3 percent of all movers stayed within the same county, 17.2 percent moved to a different county in the same state, 12.6 percent moved from a different state, and 2.9 percent moved to the U.S. from abroad.
"Geographical Mobility data not only track mover rates and types of movement, they also provide information on who moves, why, and how far," said David Ihrke, a survey statistician in the Census Bureau's Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division. "These components help people see variations in the motivation for moving."
By region, people in the Northeast had the lowest mover rate (8.1 percent), followed by the Midwest (11.6 percent), the South (13.7 percent) and the West (14.8 percent). All regions except the West, which saw a 1.6 percentage point increase, were not significantly different between 2008 and 2009.
Principal cities within metropolitan areas experienced a net loss of 2.1 million movers, while the suburbs had a net gain of 2.4 million movers.
In 2009, renters were more than five times more likely to move than homeowners; 29.2 percent of all people living in renter-occupied housing units lived elsewhere in 2008. The mover rate of all people living in owner-occupied housing units was 5.2 percent.
These statistics are from Geographical Mobility: 2009, a series of tables that describe the movement of people in the United States. The tables include data on why people moved, types of moves, distance moved and the characteristics of those who moved those who moved between 2008 and 2009.