The Census Bureau has collected “Year Householder Moved Into Unit” in the decennial census since 1960. Recent movers include those who moved in the 15 months prior to the decennial census. Many analysts use this item to measure transiency and neighborhood stability.
Census data show that many households in the United States change their residences, especially those who rent. Mobility rates remained fairly consistent over time, ranging from 38 to 42 percent for renters and 9 to 12 percent for owners (see graph).
Individual states over the decades have generally shown consistent patterns. The most mobile people were usually located in the Rocky Mountain states, especially Nevada, Arizona, and Colorado. Those least likely to have been recent movers lived in the Northeast, such as New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
Others in Series
1990 Census: Language Spoken at Home and Ability to Speak English
Census 1990 data on language spoken at home and ability to speak English were derived from answers of a sample of persons 5 years old and over.
Social and Economic Characteristics of Selected Language Groups: 1990
Census 1990 tabulation sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.
Hispanic Summary File Dataset
This chapter serves as a guide for data users to both the file and the technical documentation.