On the web site, census.gov, I read the following excerpt of a report:


“The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 35.9 million U.S. residents, or 11.7 percent of all Americans, moved between 2012 and 2013.

The nation’s mover rate is down from 12.0 percent in 2012. The decline in the nation’s overall mover rate follows an uptick from the record low of 11.6 percent in 2011. That leaves the 2013 mover rate not statistically different from the 2011 rate. The number of people who moved in the past year was not statistically different from the corresponding 2012 number (36.5 million).

This information comes from Geographical Mobility: 2012 to 2013 [PDF], a collection of national- and regional-level tables from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the Current Population Survey. The tables describe the movement of people in the United States, including type of move, reason for moving, distance moved and characteristics of those who moved one year earlier.

“Relatively few of these movers traveled long distances,” said David Ihrke, a demographer with the Census Bureau’s Journey-to-Work and Migration Statistics Branch. “In fact, nearly two-thirds stayed in the same county.”

Even those who did leave their county didn’t move all that far away either: 40.2 percent of intercounty movers relocated less than 50 miles away. Only 24.7 percent moved 500 or more miles to their new location.”


Rosemary and I were among those movers who relocated 500 or more miles to their new location. On June 13 we drove more than 800 miles, from Dallas, TX to our apartment in Decatur, GA.

Whether a physical, long distance relocation or a spiritual, emotional one, I hope you are MOVING!

Glad the tomb is empty,

Richard Allen Farmer

Stone Mountain, GA