Population Geographic Mobility

This indicator reports information about population in-migration by assessing changes in residence within a one year period. Of the 150,617 persons residing in the report area, an estimated 4.91% relocated to the area, according to the latest American Community Survey 5-year estimates. Persons who moved to a new household from outside of their current county of residence, from outside their state of residence, or from abroad are considered part of the in-migrated population. Persons who moved to a new household from a different household within their current county of residence are not included.
Report Area Total Population Population In-Migration Percent Population In-Migration
Franklin County, PA 150,617 7,395 4.91%
Pennsylvania 12,634,406 609,607 4.82%
United States 312,784,059 19,121,884 6.11%
Data Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey. 2011-15. Source geography: Tract

Population In-Migration by Ethnicity Alone
Report Area Total Hispanic / Latino Total Not Hispanic / Latino Percent Hispanic / Latino Percent Not Hispanic / Latino
Franklin County, PA 730 6,665 9.95% 0.51%
Pennsylvania 60,762 548,845 7.61% 0.51%
United States 2,752,551 16,369,333 5.17% 1.06%
Population In-Migration by Race Alone, Total
Report Area White Black or African American Native American / Alaska Native Asian Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Some Other Race Multiple Race
Franklin County, PA 5,962 1,002 156 69 0 109 97
Pennsylvania 454,521 74,699 1,432 41,853 343 18,787 17,972
United States 13,590,371 2,501,724 171,745 1,370,585 39,943 728,786 718,730
Population In-Migration by Race Alone, Percent
Report Area White Black or African American Native American / Alaska Native Asian Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Some Other Race Multiple Race
Franklin County, PA 4.26% 17.44% 42.28% 4.48% 0% 9.55% 5.39%
Pennsylvania 4.4% 5.39% 6.12% 10.78% 8.02% 7.55% 6.84%
United States 5.9% 6.35% 6.77% 8.53% 7.41% 4.98% 7.85%
Website Updated December 11 2017 Site Reviewed January 05 2018

Population Geographic Mobility

Data Background

The American Community Survey (ACS) is a nationwide, continuous survey designed to provide communities with reliable and timely demographic, housing, social, and economic data. The ACS samples nearly 3 million addresses each year, resulting in nearly 2 million final interviews. The ACS replaces the long-form decennial census; however, the number of household surveys reported annually for the ACS is significantly less than the number reported in the long-form decennial census. As a result, the ACS combines detailed population and housing data from multiple years to produce reliable estimates for small counties, neighborhoods, and other local areas. Negotiating between timeliness and accuracy, the ACS annually releases current, one-year estimates for geographic areas with large populations; three-year and five-year estimates are also released each year for additional areas based on minimum population thresholds.

Citation: U.S. Census Bureau: A Compass for Understanding and Using American Community Survey Data (2008).

For more information about this source, including data collection methodology and definitions, refer to the American Community Survey website.


Population counts for demographic groups and total area population data are acquired from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Data represent estimates for the 5 year period 2011-2015. Data are summarized to 2010 census tract boundaries. Area demographic statistics are measured as a percentage of the total population using the following formula:
Percentage = [Subgroup Population] / [Total Population] * 100

For more information on the data reported in the American Community Survey, please see the complete American Community Survey 2015 Subject Definitions.


Race and Ethnicity
Race and ethnicity (Hispanic origin) are collected as two separate categories in the American Community Survey (ACS) based on methods established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in 1997. Indicator race and ethnicity statistics are generated from self-identified survey responses. Using the OMB standard, the available race categories in the ACS are: White, Black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, and Other. An ACS survey respondent may identify as one race alone, or may choose multiple races. Respondents selecting multiple categories are racially identified as “Two or More Races”. The minimum ethnicity categories are: Hispanic or Latino, and Not Hispanic or Latino. Respondents may only choose one ethnicity. All social and economic data are reported in the ACS public use files by race alone, ethnicity alone, and for the white non-Hispanic population.

Courtesy: Community Commons, <www.communitycommons.org>, October 2017