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Date: Sun, 2 Apr 1995 17:35:24 -0700
Subject: Movers to the U.S. are more likely to have a degree (01/13/95)
pop "Movers to the U.S. are more likely to have a degree"
EMBARGOED UNTIL: JANUARY 13, 1995 (FRIDAY)
Public Information Office CB95-08
Kristin A. Hansen
MOVERS TO THE U.S. FROM ABROAD ARE MORE LIKELY THAN THE GENERAL
POPULATION TO HAVE GRADUATE OR PROFESSIONAL DEGREES,
CENSUS BUREAU SAYS
EMBARGOED UNTIL: JANUARY 13, 1995 (FRIDAY) Among the
700,000 adults moving to the United States from abroad between
1992 and 1993, about 15 percent had graduate or professional
college degrees, compared to only 7 percent of the general U.S.
population, according to a report released today by the Commerce
Department's Census Bureau. The findings also suggest that
movers from abroad are more likely not to have completed high
school compared to the total population--27 percent versus
Kristin A. Hansen, author of Geographical Mobility: March
1992 to March 1993 (P20-481), explains that, "Movers from abroad
are not all immigrants. Included in this category are U.S.
citizens returning from foreign countries, including members of
the military and their dependents." Hansen adds, however, that
"even if each member of the Armed Forces was accompanied by three
dependents, only about 15 percent of the movers from abroad would
be military personnel and their families."
The report also shows that movers from abroad were much less
likely to be working (40 percent) than internal movers
(66 percent), but are equally as likely to be looking for work.
"Movers from abroad include a much higher percentage of persons
not in the labor force compared to other movers--47 percent
movers from abroad versus 25 percent of other movers. Some of
this disparity can be explained by the fact that foreign college
students living in the U.S. cannot legally work and are included
in the number of persons who are not in the labor force," Hansen
Other highlights from the report include:
- For the first time in many years, the nation's
metropolitan areas lost population (-317,000) to the
non-metropolitan parts of the country. However, when
movers from abroad are taken into account, metro areas
had a net gain of 889,000 persons due to migration.
- Within metropolitan areas, suburbs gained 2.2 million
movers between 1992 and 1993, while central cities lost
2.5 million persons due to migration.
- The average American can expect to make 11.7 moves in a
- The overall rate of moving for persons aged 1 and over
declined slightly during the 1992-93 period
(16.8 percent), compared with the 1991-92 period
- Young adults have the highest rates of moving. More
than one in three (36 percent) persons 20 to 24 years
old moved in the previous year.
- Whites (16 percent) have lower overall rates of moving
than either African Americans (19 percent) or persons
of Hispanic origin (24 percent).
- About one-third of persons living in renter-occupied
housing units in March 1993 had moved in the previous
year. In contrast, only one in ten persons in
owner-occupied housing units had moved in the same
- The Midwest had a net gain of 233,000 persons from
other regions from 1992 to 1993. This is the first
statistically significant net change for the Midwest
since the region had a run of net losses during the
As in all surveys, the data in this report are subject to
sampling variability and other sources of error.
Editor's Note: EMBARGOED UNTIL: JANUARY 13, 1995 (FRIDAY)
media representatives may obtain copies of the report by
contacting the bureau's Public Information Office by
telephone: 301-457-2794, fax: 301-457-3670, or e-mail:
pio@xxxxxxxxxxx Non-media orders should go to the bureau's
Customer Services Office on 301-457-4100.