Rooted America: Immobility and Segregation of the Inter-county Migration Networks

  title={Rooted America: Immobility and Segregation of the Inter-county Migration Networks},
  author={Penghe Huang and Carter T. Butts},
Despite the popular narrative that the United States is a “land of mobility,” its internal migration rates have declined for decades, and reached a historical low. Economic and related factors were able to account for a portion of this trend, but the bulk has remained unexplained. Here, we pro-pose a systemic, relational model of internal migration in the U.S., combining demographic, economic, political, and geographical factors with endogenous social mechanisms, with the objective of… 

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