ERIC Number: ED276944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov-21
Reference Count: 0
The Residential Moves by the Elderly to U.S. Central Cities, Suburbs, and Rural Areas.
Golant, Stephen M.
An increasing number of studies have examined the movement patterns of older people between metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in the United States. Most of these studies, however, have not considered whether the relocation patterns of older persons differ systematically from those of younger populations. The 1975-1980 migration stream and net migration patterns of over and under age 65 persons were examined using data from the 1980 U.S. Census. Central cities and suburbs of metropolitan areas (SMSAs) and nonmetropolitan areas (NonSMSAs) were distinguished as origins and destinations. The findings revealed that most elderly movers relocated within a fairly limited geographic context and revealed strong preferences for metropolitan living. Suburban locations were more favored than central city locations. Net migration findings may provide misleading interpretations of older movers' locational choices. The migration patterns of the age 65 plus population were similar to those of the age 45 to 64 population, but differed from those of the more youthful U.S. populations. The findings highlight migration streams of elderly movers who have likely experienced changes in their life-styles or personal resources. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (39th, Chicago, IL, November 19-23, 1986).