National Mover Rate Remains Steady; Still Highest Among Youth

March 27, 2015

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Boomers & Older | Hispanic | Real Estate | Teens & Younger | Youth & Gen X

CensusBureau-National-Mover-Rate-by-Age-Group-2013-2014-Mar2015Source: US Census Bureau

    Notes: The national mover rate between 2013 and 2014 was 11.5%, or 37 million people aged 1 and older, according to the latest data from the US Census Bureau. That figure is in line with recent years, hovering between 11.5 and 12.5% since 2008, and is down from about 1 in 5 people when the survey began in 1948. Youth continued to be the most likely to move, as 21.4% of 18-24-year-olds and 20.7% of 25-34-year-olds did so during the 2013-2014 period.

    The Census Bureau notes that suburban migration continues, with suburbs having a net gain of 2.2 million movers, while principal cities had a net loss of 1.7 million. As expected, renters also continued to be the most likely to move, with almost one-quarter (24.5%) living elsewhere the year period. By contrast, the mover rate among those living in owner-occupied housing units was 5%.

    A separate study [pdf] released by the Census Bureau notes that the migration rate of adults aged 18-34 declined during the post-recession period (2010-2012 vs. 2007-2009), and that non-Hispanics were more likely to migrate than Hispanics.

    Finally, another recently-released report from the Census Bureau reveals that almost 1 in 10 US residents want to move, being dissatisfied with their housing, neighborhood, local safety or public services. Even so, between 2010 and 2011, fewer than 1 in 5 who wanted to move actually did so.

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