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Young white adults who have left home over the past decade have tended to end up in New York. Their black peers were most likely to end up in Atlanta. And for their Hispanic and Asian friends, the first destination was Los Angeles, according to a powerful new analysis by researchers at the Census Bureau and Harvard University.
According to researchers, moving to an area with better opportunities can propel you up the income ladder faster than almost any other economic move. But this power movement tends to be more accessible to people from higher income backgrounds.
By combining census, survey and tax data for people born between 1978 and 1992, the report breaks new ground by explaining how your parents’ income determines the distances you can walk later in life – and therefore the extent opportunities you can pursue.
On average, someone whose parents are in the bottom 25% will end up being less than half away at age 26 from a peer whose parents are in the top 5%, according to the analysis.
“Most young adults don’t move far from their childhood home,” write the report’s authors, Census Bureau sociologist and demographer Sonya Porter, Harvard economist Nathaniel Hendren, and Harvard doctoral student Benjamin Sprung-Keyser. .
Black and Hispanic young adults walk the shortest distances, while young Asians, Hawaiians, and native Pacific Islanders walk the greatest distances. The less mobile Americans are, the less opportunity they can access, researchers say.
More educated people tend to move more than those with a high school diploma or less. But even among people with similar levels of education, black students travel shorter distances than their white and Asian peers. Residents of sparsely populated areas, such as the Great Plains, are more likely to move than those who already live in larger cities.
To be sure, the ultra-detailed data needed for the report – which you can map in impressive detail on migrationpatterns.org – is not available in real time, and therefore does not reflect the effects of the coronavirus or anything else that has happened since 2017.
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