People move for a variety of reasons, for some it’s a chance to get a better place to live, for some it is to be closer to family or to a job or several different factors. The Census Bureau recently issued a report, Reasons for Moving: 2012 to 2013, which offers a look at 19 core reasons why people changed residence during the previous year. The survey compares reasons for moving in 1999 with now and found some interesting changes. In 1999, 3% moved to be closer to work or for an easier commute, that number rose to 5.4% in 2013.In 1999, 6% wanted cheaper housing, while in 2013 8.3% expressed the same reason. However in 1999, 21% of people moved because they wanted a better home but in 2013, only 14.8% made the same decision.
The survey also found that men were more likely than women to move for job-related reasons and better-educated people were more likely to move for this reason than those with lower levels of education. Married people were least likely to move for family-related reasons. Moves within the same county were often housing related while moves outside the county or elsewhere were more often job related.
To help you make your own moving decision, the Census Bureau has created dwellr, an app that can pull up a list of U.S. locations that match the user’s preference for variables including city size and demographic info. This is a great app to give to clients who are planning big moves to allow them to explore a variety of areas.
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