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These were the last women to move ever…

Okay, so there’s a little hyperbole with that headline. But! There is news to report: Today, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that the national mover rate dropped from 13.2 percent in 2007 to 11.9 percent in 2008, which is “the lowest rate since the bureau began tracking these data in 1948.”

Southerners were the most likely to move (13.5 percent), followed by Westerners (13.2 percent), followed by the Midwest (11.1 percent) and the Northeast (8.2 percent). In 2008, the Midwest saw the largest decline in its mover rate from 2007.

Here’s another chunk of the release, with some interesting data:

Among those who moved in 2008, 65 percent moved within the same county, 18 percent moved to a different county within the same state, 13 percent moved to a different state, and 3 percent moved to the U.S. from abroad.

Principal cities within metropolitan areas experienced a net loss of 2 million movers, while the suburbs had a net gain of 2.2 million movers. Looking at the civilian population 16 and older who were unemployed, 21.3 percent lived in a different residence one year ago. This compares with 12.3 percent of the population who were employed and lived in a different residence one year ago. Among those not in the labor force, 9 percent lived in a different residence one year ago.

In 2008, renters were five times more likely to move than homeowners. More than one-in-four people (27.7 percent) living in renter-occupied housing units lived in a different residence one year earlier. By comparison, the mover rate of people living in owner-occupied housing units was 5.4 percent.

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