Fact and Figures About States With the Highest Mobility Rates Among Rural Households

Last Updated: September 28, 2010

This article appeared in the September 2010 Rural Policy Matters.

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Question: Which nine states have the highest rates of mobility among rural households?

Answer: At 23.3%, Nevada has the highest percentage of rural households that changed residences in the previous 12 months.* Nevada is followed by Arizona (20.9%), Florida (17.7%), Alaska (17.4%), Colorado (17.1%), Utah (16.1%), California (16.0%), Texas (16.0%), and Wyoming (15.1%). High student mobility is often an indicator of family stress, income instability, and homelessness.

*U.S. Census Bureau, 2007 American Community Survey. Why Rural Matters, 2009.

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