People in U.S. moved primarily for better home in 2012

sjones@thesunnews.comJune 6, 2014 

People in the U.S. who moved in 2012 did so primarily because they wanted a beter home or apartment, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

“Other housing reason” and “other family reason” also ranked high on the list according to the report, Reason for Moving: 2012 to 2013.

The top reason has not changed from 1999, the last time the Census Bureau did a survey seeking the reason people changed residences. In 1999, the Census Bureau said in a news release about the new report, 21 percent of respondents said they moved to get a new or better house or apartment.

That number had shrunk to 15 percent in 2013, when the percentage looking for a better home or apartment was not statistically different from those who said they moved for other family reasons.

The report did not specifiy what other family reason meant.

“Picking one reason can be difficult as moves are often motivated by many different, and oftentimes competing, factors,” said Davik Ihrke, the report’s author.

Other highlights of the report included:

• Married respondents were least likely to move for family-related reasons.

• Moves within the same county were typically for housing-related reason, while long-distance moves more likely were for job-related reasons..

• Men were more likely than women to move for job-related reasons.

• Better-educated people were more likely than those with lower levels of education to move for job-related reasons.

• Individual reasons such as change of climate, health reasons and natural disaster were each cited as the main reason by fewer than 1 percent of the respondents.

Contact STEVE JONES at 444-1765 or on Twitter @TSN_sjones.

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