More Americans Stayed Put Last Year

June 9, 2014

Fewer Americans are on the move, with newly released Census data showing that only 11.7 percent of Americans moved between 2012 and 2013 due to job, family, or housing reasons. 

The number of movers has shrunk compared to 1998 and 1999 when the national mover rate was at 15.9 percent. 

Single people were on the move the most from 2012 to 2013. More than 12 million people who had never been married moved last year compared to 9.9 million of married people and 3 million divorced people who moved. 

Also, the Census found that women tended to move more than men from 2012 to 2013—18.3 million women moved compared to 17 million men. 

For those who did move, many opted to stay within a few miles of their current address, the Census found. For example, 23 million movers stayed within their counties while 11 million moved away. Of those who moved away from their current county, more than 4 million still moved less than 50 miles away from where they originally lived.

Source: “Census: Americans Less Likely to Move Now Than in the 1990s,” The Associated Press (June 6, 2014)

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