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1960 Census: Supplementary Reports: Geographic Mobility of the Population of the United States: April 1960


The tables presented here are preprints of tables 71 and 72 from Final Report PC (1)-1C, which contains additional summary information on the general social and economic characteristics of the population.

Of the 159.0 million persons 5 years old and over living in the United States at the time of the 1960 Census,

  • one out of every two (49.9 percent) was living in the same house as the one he had been living in five years earlier,
  • three out of every ten (29.8 percent) had moved but were living in the same county, and
  • one out of every six (17.4 percent) had moved across county boundaries.

This latter group was nearly equally divided between those who were living in the same State and those who were living in a different State. About 2.0 million of those 5 years old and over had been living outside the boundaries of the United States and 2.5 million had moved but their place of residence in 1955 was not reported.

Mobility in conterminous United States was higher in the period 1955 to 1960 than in 1935 to 1940. The data for the two periods are not comparable in all respects, but comparisons may be made of movers between States and those abroad at the beginning of the period.

The PDF to the right contains the 3-page report.

A Note on Language

Census statistics date back to 1790 and reflect the growth and change of the United States. Past census reports contain some terms that today’s readers may consider obsolete and inappropriate. As part of our goal to be open and transparent with the public, we are improving access to all Census Bureau original publications and statistics, which serve as a guide to the nation's history.

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