The U.S. Census Bureau reported the other day that among the 36 million people who moved between 2012 and 2013, 5 percent said the most important reason for moving was to be closer to work or for an easier commute.
Another 8 percent cited the desire for cheaper housing. The most common reasons for moving in 2013 were wanting a new or better home/apartment, other housing reasons and family reason.
For people who moved from one county to another, moving because of a job-related reason rose with the distance of the move: 23 percent of moves less than 50 miles and 48 percent of those 500 miles or more.
Other highlights mentioned in the article were:
• Men were more likely than women to move for job-related reasons.
• Better-educated people were more likely to move for job-related reasons than those with lower levels of education.
• Married respondents were the least likely to move for family-related reasons.
• Moves within the same area were typically for housing-related reasons, while long distance moves and moves from abroad were more for job-related reasons.
• Several individual reasons, such as change of climate, health reasons and natural disaster, were each cited as the main reason for moving by fewer than 1 percent of householders.
The data are analyzed by a range of demographic characteristics, including age, sex, race, origin, educational attainment, marital status, labor force status, type of move and distance moved. These national-level data were collected by the 2013 Current Population Survey’s Annual Social and Economic Supplement.
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