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Last year, millions of residents decided to pack up their bags in favor of an alternative destination; however, many stayed close to their original location.

 

According to the Census Bureau, about 36 million Americans or 11.7% of the U.S. population, decided to move between 2012 and 2013. Interestingly, approximately two-thirds of those who changed addresses stayed within the same county. Of these inter-county movers, more than 40% relocated to a residence that was within 50 miles of their previous home.


David Ihrke, a demographer with the Census Bureau's Journey-to-Work and Migration Statistics Branch, stated that traveling long distances just wasn't in the cards for many of the nation's movers. Only about one-quarter of those who pulled up the stakes on their former dwelling place moved 500 miles away or more.


Meanwhile, the data also showed certain regions of the country where residents were less inclined to relocate. This was particularly true in the Northeast, where the mover rate was 7.8%, followed by the Midwest in a distant second at 11%.