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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Census Bureau Releases 2020 CPS ASEC Geographic Mobility Data

Press Release Number CB20-TPS.98

DEC. 15, 2020 — The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2020 CPS ASEC Geographic Mobility detailed table package and updates to historical tables and graphs. Geographic mobility and migration both refer to the movement of people from one location of residence to another. These national- and regional-level estimates are from the 2020 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC).

In 2020, about 29.8 million people reported living at a different residence one year ago, down from the estimate of 31.4 million people in 2019. This represents a historically low mover rate of about 9.3%, which is lower than all years with available data dating back to 1948.

The 2019 to 2020 one-year migration tables provide estimates of geographic mobility, including detailed information about different types of moves completed in the past year, and characteristics of people who moved and their main reason for moving. The updated migration historical tables and historical graphs include selected statistics extending back to 1948.

The Census Bureau collects, produces and publishes a range of statistics on geographic mobility and migration using multiple data sources. More information about these data sources and the types of estimates they produce is available on the Migration/Geographic Mobility webpage. Data collection for the CPS ASEC largely occurred during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-related changes to survey operations and related nonresponse may have influenced CPS ASEC estimates this year.

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Kristina Barrett
Public Information Office

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