8 in 10 People Live Within 100 Miles of Where They Grew Up

Where you live and work is highly dependent on where you grew up. A recent study using data from the U.S. Census Bureau looking at migration patterns found that 80% of young adults move less than 100 miles from where they grew up—90% live less than 500 miles from where they grew up. Migration distances are shorter for Black and Hispanic individuals and those from low-income families.

Here’s an example of migration patterns from people who grew up in the New York City area.

What are the top destinations?

Read The Radius of Economic Opportunity: Evidence from Migration and Local Labor Markets.

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