Americans on the Move

Monday, December 30, 2013

Night view of North America (Shutterstock)

The map of where Americans live, where they move to, and where they move from is constantly changing.

And according to data from the US Census, out today, the U.S. remains one of the most mobile countries in the world.

People travel from vast rural expanses to urban centers, from colder climates to warmer ones, and from areas that are less affordable to areas that are more affordable, and sometimes back again. 

For more on the changing American map The Takeaway turns to Andrew Beveridge, expert on the census and sociology professor at Queens College.

Also with The Takeaway is Karen Feagins, director of programming and news at WJCT in Jacksonville, Florida, a state that's been welcoming new residents at an increasing rate over the past few years.


Andrew Beveridge and Karen Feagins

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman


Gianna Palmer

Comments [6]

Charlene Jaszewski from Minneapolis, MN

After five years of living in NYC I recently moved back to Minneapolis (I'm originally from Wisconsin). NYC is an incredible city but it wore me down, and I got tired of being in my 40s and needing a roommate to have a better-than-shitty apartment in a decent neighborhood. Now I have an incredible sunny apartment all to myself by the lakes for half of what I was paying to have roommates. But for this luxury I have had to make other sacrifices in job opportunities, culture, public transportation and food choices.

Dec. 30 2013 04:22 PM
Meta from San Francisco CA

As a widow and retiree, I sold a 5 bedroom house in the suburbs and moved to a one bedroom apartment in the San Francisco. I love it. Public transportation, cultural events, and beautiful views.

Dec. 30 2013 03:31 PM
Gabe Mier from Farmington, MO

My wife and I are preparing to move from rural southeast Missouri to the pacific Northwest in hopes of finding better paying jobs.

Dec. 30 2013 01:05 PM
Virginia Bruce from Portland, Oregon

Don't forget to talk about the sociological effect of all this moving. One reason for the hole in our hearts—-that we try to fill with stuff-—is the lack of community, friends, and family that results from moving. Stay in your community and build it into the place you want to be.

Dec. 30 2013 12:33 PM
Ciara from Portland, OR

I moved from New Jersey to Harrisburg PA for a better job for my husband, when that fell thru we moved across the country to Portland Oregon so that I could pursue higher pay and overall a lower cost of living. We are willing to move anywhere since we are all connected to our friends and family through facebook and our phones, but we will move really wherever we can have a comfortable life.

Dec. 30 2013 12:33 PM
nan connolly from Orlando

The I-4 corridor, which is not a phrase anyone here uses, has nothing like the congestion of the D.C. beltway, the LIE, N.J. Turnpike or "the 405" in several areas of California and Seattle.
How did this myth become set? Why repeat it?
An instructor from a N.Y. college was the source for info on Florida? Really?
Yawn. Losing interest in the repeat of hackneyed clichés about Florida. You missed the boat on this one...

Dec. 30 2013 12:33 PM

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