Part of the reason for Maine’s aging population might be its attractiveness to older people from away, census figures suggest.

Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest report on moving suggest that older people make up a larger proportion of those coming to the state than they do for the country as a whole.

According to the report on geographic mobility, released Wednesday, 9.4 percent of the estimated 30,154 people who moved into Maine in 2012 were 65 or older. Nationally, the percentage of people in that age group who moved to a new state was just 6.2 percent.

Maine is the nation’s oldest state, with a median age in 2013 of 44, compared with a national median age of 37.5.

The report follows only “in-movers” – people who move to a new location – and not people who move out, and it doesn’t say where the in-movers came from. The numbers are annual, but are based on three years of census surveys. The figures for 2012 are the latest available at the state level.

Other than the higher proportion of older people moving to Maine, the state largely tracked national figures in the report. For instance, 86 percent of Mainers were living in the same place they were living the year before. Nationally, 84.8 percent were in the same house as a year ago.

Mainers also were just as likely as Americans as a whole to move to another town in the same county or another county within the state, the figures showed.

The Census Bureau’s report said that, nationally, suburbs continued to attract people, while inner cities had a net loss of new residents, and renters were more likely to move than homeowners. The moving rate among renters was 24.5 percent, while among homeowners it was 5 percent.

And, the bureau said, the single biggest reason for moving was for a new job or a job transfer, with 9.7 percent of moves reported to be work-related.

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