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Census Bureau: Reasons for Residential Mobility Have Changed

18 June 2014
U.S Census Bureau

The U.S Census Bureau has released Reasons for Moving: 2012 to 2013, a report that looks at the rate of household moves and the motivation behind the moves.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has released a summary of the report, detailing the main points:

  • 36 million (12%) Americans over one year of age moved to a new residence between 2012 and 2013, down from 16% between 1998 and 1999. Forty-eight percent reported moving for housing-related reasons, 30% for family-related reasons, 19% for job-related reasons, and 2% for other reasons.
  • Renters are more likely than homeowners to move for housing-related reasons. Ten percent of renters moved in order to have less expensive housing, compared to 5% of homeowners. Seeking a better home compelled 16% of renters to move, compared to 12% of homeowners; and 4% of renters compared to 2% of homeowners moved in order to live in a better neighborhood.
  • The housing-related factors for decisions to move have shifted since 1999. In 2013, 8% of respondents claimed they moved to find more affordable housing, up from 6% in 1999. The desire to shift from renting to owning decreased from 8% in 1999 to 6% in 2013, and the desire for a better home or apartment decreased from 21% in 1999 to 15% in 2013.
  • Fifty-three percent of African American movers selected a housing-related factor as the main reason for moving in 2013, compared to 49% of Hispanics and 46% of non-Hispanic Whites.

Click here to access the report. 
Read the NLIHC summary