ERIC Number: ED304641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-19
Post-1980 Regional Migration Patterns of the U.S. Older Population. Preliminary Draft. Preliminary Draft.
Golant, Stephen M.
This research examined the changing regional patterns of elderly migration, simultaneously examining both net migration and migration stream patterns. Four time periods were examined: 1960, 1970, 1980, and 1985. Migration is conventionally measured by recording the respondent's location of residence 5 years earlier. The 1985 data were obtained from the Current Population Survey. Results included: (1) the changing propensity of older residents to move and to make interstate and interregional moves in which, as the overall mobility rates of older people in the Northeast, Midwest, and West were declining, their rates of interstate and interregional migration were increasing; (2) in the period of 1980-1985 mobility rates continued to decline, and smaller percentages of residents living in the Northeast and Midwest were making interstate and interregional moves; (3) percentages of Northwest, Midwest, and West older residents who migrated to the South steadily increased over the first three decades; (4) interregional migrants from the Northeast and Midwest have found the South increasingly attractive; (5) the relative importance of the Northeast as a source of migrants declined while the relative importance of the West as a source of interregional migrants continued to increase; (6) after three decades of increasingly larger migration losses of older people, the Northeast and Midwest experienced smaller net migration losses in the 1980-85 period, and the South experienced smaller net migration gains in the 1980-85 period; and (7) in the 1980-85 period the West emerged as a notable source region for the South's net migration. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society (41st, San Francisco, CA, November 18-22, 1988).