While mobility rates are fairly stable, more than 1 in 10 U.S. residents moved between 2012 and 2013, with most of them packing their boxes in search of better digs or opportunities, according to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Of these numbers, blacks and Latinos were more likely to be on the move because of “housing-related” reasons. More than half of African Americans and nearly half of Latinos cited that rationale.
Key factors included a desire to improve their living conditions, cheaper housing and being closer to work.
Nearly 6 in 10 people who moved within the same county did so because of housing-related issues. People with only a high school diploma or less education tended to move within their home county, and within 50 miles of their last residence.
Those who moved outside their home counties usually did so for job-related reasons, and had higher levels of education, the report found.
Housing mobility can open low-income households to greater opportunity beyond a better home, said U.S. Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator Jane C.W. Vincent. Improved access to better schools and jobs are other by-products.
On the other hand, earlier studies by Case Western University’s Claudia J. Coulton have found that Philadelphia residents generally move in response to crisis or to find more affordable housing.
Moving can be a wrenching experience for anyone, and not one that most people take on lightly. From shedding support systems such as neighborhood barbershops or houses of worship to familiar faces at the corner store, it can be a disruptive process for the entire family. People about to take that step should work to lessen their stress as much as possible, and experts offer sound help for that process — advice worth heeding.