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Why Do People Move?

August 8th, 2013 - 4:04 PM

Have you ever wondered why people move?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010, more than one in ten U.S. residents moved within the previous year. Seven in 10 of those people moved within the same county, while two in 10 moved to a different county, and one in 10 moved to a different state. It’s safe to say that people are on the move in the U.S., but why are they moving?

Why people move – the moving phases of life

  • Moving for Housing. In the 2010 U.S. Census survey, housing was the #1 reason why people moved. People simply want a new or better home to live in. I know that when my husband and I start thinking about having kids, we will want a better home (with more bedrooms) that will fit a growing family comfortably!

  • Moving for Employment. Employment came in as the #2 reason why people moved in 2010. These people are those who took a new job, were transferred to a new location with their same employer, or are recent college grads. Last year, I moved an hour away from my small hometown for a new job in a bigger city. Have you ever moved for a new job?

  • Moving to Establish a Household. This was the #3 reason why people moved in 2010. These people either got married and established a household with their spouse, or established a household by themselves. Usually after college, students will transition from living under their parent’s roof to living under a roof alone or with a friend. Moving can definitely mean gaining independence!

Of course, these aren’t the only reasons people move. Others include:

  • A Natural Disaster. When Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, many Louisiana residents moved permanently to other states like Arkansas, Texas, and Missouri.

  • Divorce. When marriages end, usually both parties decide to establish new, separate households.  

  • To attend or leave college. When moving to college, a dorm room is normally the address for at least four years. When they leave, ideally they establish  a household and begin working.

  • Health Reasons. Whatever the health problem one may have, moving closer to treatment may be the best option.

  • Weather. I’ve watched a few episodes of House Hunters with families looking for an escape from the weather (usually they’re too cold). If you’re tired of snowy weather, check out these top places to move to avoid snow!

  • To find cheaper housing. In today’s tough economy, more and more people are looking for affordable housing.
  • Retirement. Those who are near retirement will consider moving to a retirement community or another place to enjoy life without working.

  • To be closer to family. For some people, home is where the heart is. That’s why they tend to move back home to be around their family.

  • Downsize. When the kids are all gone, mom and dad might consider downsizing to a home small enough for just the two of them (and maybe a guest bedroom for when the kids visit).

  • To be near friends. Some friendships can last a lifetime. In those cases, it’s important to live near those friends who make your life happier.

  • A better neighborhood. Some people will move to a different neighborhood within their town. Sometimes this is due to crime, their actual neighbors, or the desire for status of living in a certain neighborhood. Take a look at our post about things to look for in a new neighborhood.

  • Travel. My friend has always wanted to travel the world. Once she got a taste of it, she couldn’t let it go. Now, she’s teaching English in China full-time! If you love to travel, take the chance and try it out. You may end up moving to a new part of the world!

  • Home ownership. Some people will move simply because they want to own their home instead of renting someone else’s.

  • To be closer to work. With gas prices up one day and down another, some people may find moving to be closer to work will cut down on the money and time they spend commuting to work.

  • Natural Resources. I was spoiled by growing up near a mountain and lake. Now that both are a little farther away because I moved for a job, I can see why people would move just to be closer to all the activities natural resources have to offer.

  • Change of scenery. Sometimes, you just need to be in a new place. If you want to move just because you’re tired of the same routine, go for it!

  • To follow dreams. My friend had a dream of studying fashion in New York, so she followed her dream and moved to the Big Apple. She absolutely loves it. Sometimes, moving to follow dreams can return some great experiences.

  • Cost of living. I recently learned that more people are moving from North to South because the cost of living in less in the South than it is in the North. If the cost of living is too high for you in your town, consider moving to a town where the cost of living is much less.

  • Culture. A city’s culture can have a big effect on a person’s lifestyle. If you love music, consider moving to Austin, TX, the music capital of the U.S.!

Why do people move? Let us know what you think!

Do you have another reason why people move to add to our list? Leave a comment below and let us know! And if you’re moving long-distance soon, you can get a free moving quote from U-Pack here to start comparing costs.