Over 36 Million Americans Moved in 2012

After hitting an all time low of 35.1 million in 2011, it appears that Americans are on the move again. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 36.5 million people moved in 2012. That means that 12% of the nation’s population moved in one year.

Interestingly, over 67% (24.7 million) of the movers stayed in the same county, and for those that moved to another county, 40% moved less than 50 miles. Overall, 80% moved to a new place very close to their old home.

Last December, the Census Bureau also released state-to-state migration flow tables with 2011 American Community Survey estimates. The American Community Survey provides demographic, social, economic and housing statistics, including geographical mobility for every community across the nation every year.

The most common state-to-state moves in 2011 were:

New York to Florida: 59,288 movers
California to Texas: 58,992
California to Arizona: 49,635
Florida to Georgia: 42,666
New Jersey to New York: 41,450
New York to New Jersey: 40,815
California to Nevada: 40,114
Georgia to Florida: 38,658
California to Washington: 38,421
Texas to California: 37,087

The state with the largest number of people moving in from Puerto Rico was Florida with 21,611 movers. Florida also had the most movers going away to Puerto Rico with 6,614.