New Mover Facts at a Glance

New Mover Facts at a Glance:

Who Moves Each Year & When they Move:

  • Approximately 14% of the US population moves each year
  • Based on the 2013 population estimate of 316.13 million, we can assume that around 44,000,000 people moved in the US last year
  • Of those who moved:
    • 57% moved within the same county
    • 20% moved to a different county within the same state
    • 19.5% moved to a different state
    • 3.5% moved to a different country
  • The percentage of population that moves, when broken down by age, varies considerably- as does the distance of the move
    • For example: around 4% of those over the age of 65 will move to a new county, yet 30% of those aged 20-29 will move to a new county
    • as people get older, the percentage of people who move decreases consistently
      • there are two exceptions to this trend: when people reach age 65, there is an increase in both the percentage of moves and the distance of the move- this is possibly due to retirement.
      • when people reach 85+, there is an increase in the percentage of moves, and decrease in the distance of the move. This is possibly due to a move to an assisted living facility.
    • There is also a difference between the sexes. In the 20-24 age group, 32% of females will move each year, yet only 28% of males will move. By the age of 30-34, the percentages are almost identical: 20.3% for females, and 19.3% for males. By age 40, this reverses- with 11.28% for females, and 12.26% for males.
  • More people move in spring and summer than in the fall and winter.