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  •  Did the study account for mobility... (2+ / 0-)
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    marykk, gnosticator

    ...or the lack thereof?

    Pew did an interesting study in 2008 - "American Mobility - Who Moves? Who Stays Put? Where’s Home?"  A few tidbits:

    More than six-in-ten adults (63%) have moved to a new community at least once in their lives, while 37% have never left their hometowns.

    Most adults (57%) have not lived outside their current home state in the U.S. At the opposite end of the spectrum, 15% have lived in four or more states.

    More than half of US adults have never lived outside their current home state?  That would seem likely to contribute to the inertia of racism in at least some locations.
    The Midwest is the most rooted region: 46% of adult residents there say they have spent their entire life in one community. The least rooted is the West, where only 30% of adult residents have stayed in their hometown. Residents of the South (36%) and East (38%) fall in between.
    Again, this would seem an argument for perpetuation of social norms (for better or for worse) in each of these areas.
    College education is a key marker of the likelihood to move: Three-quarters of college graduates (77%) have changed communities at least once, compared with just over half (56%) of those with a high school diploma or less. College graduates also are more likely to have lived in multiple states.
    'Nuff said.

    I find it unsurprising that local norms would be perpetuated in a nation where 37% of adults have never left their home towns and 57% have never lived outside their home state.

    Me?  I'm a double-barreled redneck--a Georgia-born Kentuckian--who has lived in six states.  I will say that mobility of this sort definitely changes one's outlook on many, many things.  Now if I could just get people to understand that unsweetened iced tea is NOT a harbinger of the Apocalypse...

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 03:14:58 PM PDT

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