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Americans are moving at some of the lowest rates in more than 50 years, but long-distance moves are becoming slightly more common, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. According to a report, "Geographical Mobility: 2002 to 2003," the 40 million people who moved between 2002 and 2003 comprised 14 percent of the population, down sharply from a rate of 20 percent in 1948 when the Census Bureau first began collecting information on movers. In 2003, however, 19 percent of all moves were to a different state, up from 16 percent in 1994. Among people who changed residence between 2002 and 2003, most (51 percent) moved for housing-related reasons, then family reasons (26 percent) and work-related reasons (16 percent). Between 2002 and 2003, the Midwest and the Northeast experienced net los...