Racial Differences in Residential Mobility in the United States

The United States Census Bureau has released new data on residential mobility in the United States. The report finds that in 2022, more than 28 million Americans changed their residences. This was about 8.7 percent of the total U.S. population. Only 7 percent of the population that did not complete high school moved in 2022. For those with a bachelor’s degree, nearly 10 percent moved.

In 2022, 4,275,000 African Americans moved. This was 9.8 percent of the Black population. In contrast, 8 percent of the non-Hispanic White population changed their residence in 2022.

For Blacks who did move, 3,364,000, or 77 percent, moved within the same state and 55 percent remained in the same county. For Non-Hispanic Whites who moved, 78.2 percent stayed in the same state and 51.9 percent remained in the same county.

Slightly more than 5 percent of all African Americans who moved, left the country. Only 2.7 percent of non-Hispanic Whites who moved, left the United States.

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