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CPS User Note: Metro/Nonmetro Migration 2001-2003

April 30, 2004

In the 2001, 2002, and 2003 CPS ASEC files, some places of residence one-year ago in metropolitan areas were mistakenly characterized as being nonmetropolitan. These places included, but were not limited to: Scottsdale, AZ; Tempe, AZ; Tucson, AZ; Jacksonville, FL; Miami, FL; Laredo, TX; Midland, TX; Casper, WY; and Cheyenne, WY.

In estimates of movers from these places during the one-year period, the variable for metropolitan area status one-year ago (MIG_PLAC) was coded as a place in a nonmetropolitan rather than metropolitan area. This error carried over to the type-of-move variable (MIG_MTR1) in which moves from those places were classified as nonmetropolitan to metropolitan instead of metropolitan to metropolitan moves. Also, nonmetropolitan to nonmetropolitan were classified as metropolitan to nonmetropolitan moves. This resulted in an overestimation of movers from nonmetropolitan areas and an underestimation of movers from metropolitan areas in the products and tabulations produced from 2001, 2002, and 2003 survey years. The table below shows the changes for the national figures before and after the correction.

The 2002 and 2003 revised ASEC tables are currently available. We are in the process of correcting the 2001 tables, which will be made available in the near future.

Metropolitan/Nonmetropolitan Mobility: 2002

(Numbers in thousands)
Metropolitan Mobility Revised Original
Total people age 1+ years 278,160 278,160
   Total non-movers 237,049 237,049
   Movers within the same MSA 22,432 21,649
      Within the same central city 8,314 7,980
      Between central cities 371 277
      Between suburbs 9,158 8,894
      Central city to suburb 3,101 3,037
      Suburb to central city 1,488 1,460
   Movers between MSAs 8,183 7,872
      Between central cities 1,751 1,644
      Between suburbs 2,818 2,714
      Central city to suburb 2,279 2,116
      Suburb to central city 1,335 1,297
   Movers from MSAs to nonmetro areas 1,825 1,773
      From central city 902 861
      From suburb 923 912
   Movers from nonmetro areas to MSAs 2,178 3,271
      To central city 982 1,581
      To suburb 1,196 1,691
   Movers; outside MSAs both dates 4,931 4,983
      Nonmetro same county 3,820 3,820
      Nonmetro different county 1,110 1,162
   Movers from abroad 1,563 1,563
      To central cities 669 669
      To suburbs 767 767
      To nonmetro areas 127 127

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Migration/Geographic Mobility |  Last Revised: 2015-04-01T09:39:14-04:00