Special Report

How Many Americans Moved the Year You Were Born

Fewer Americans moved to a new home in the past year than at any other time since 1948 — the earliest year with available data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Only about 27.1 million Americans moved between March 2020 and March 2021, compared to 28.7 million from 1947 to 1948, when the U.S. population was less than half its current size. 

The most recent data on relocation in the United States reflects the continuation of a longer-term downward trend in domestic relocation, as moving has become less common in each of the last six years. While the COVID-19 pandemic pushed many Americans out of urban areas and into the suburbs, it also likely created many hurdles that made moving more difficult. 

Regardless of the causal factors, the fact remains that only 8.4% of Americans age 1 and up moved to a new home in the past year, less than half the share reported in years passed. (This is the top city Americans are moving to.)

Most Americans who moved in the past year did not go far. The largest share of movers — 4.9% of the population — relocated to a new home within the same county. Meanwhile, 1.9% of the population moved to a new county in the same state, and just 1.4% of the population relocated to a different state. Here is a look at the 40 places where young people are moving.

Using data from the Current Population Survey from the Census Bureau, 24/7 Wall St. identified the number of Americans who moved the year you were born. Prior to 2004, the period of moving was as of March 1 of the previous year. Total number of movers includes those moving from abroad. Due to data limitations, the years 1972 through 1975 and 1977 to 1980 are not included in this analysis. All data came from the CPS.

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