About 11% of Los Angeles’ population moved during 2019, making the city one of the least “transient” of the country’s largest cities, according to a study released Wednesday.
The study by Construction Coverage researchers used one-year estimates from 2019 U.S. Census data to calculate the number of people in each city who had moved within a one-year period.
Of the 442,651 Los Angeles residents who moved during that year, 321,896 stayed in L.A. County, 38,813 moved counties but stayed in California, and 51,039 moved to a different state, according to the study.
Just over 13% of the general U.S. population moved during that year, while only 11.2% of Los Angeles residents moved.
Researchers ranked Los Angeles as the 53rd out of 54 most transient cities. New York was last, with only 10.4% of the population moving that year. Minneapolis had the most movers, representing 24% of the population.
The researchers found that movement in the United States has steadily declined for more than 40 years. Geographic mobility in the U.S. peaked in the late 1980s then steadily declined through the 1990s and beginning of the 21st century.
Young adults are the most transient group, as they leave their home towns for college, relocate after graduating in search of good jobs and opportunity and move into new homes to start families, according to the study.
Nearly 17% of Los Angeles residents between the age of 20 and 29 moved during the year studied, according to researchers. For the same age group in the country’s general population, 13.6% moved that year.
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