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10% of Americans in U.S. Want to Move Out

Published: 2015/03/20 - Updated: 2020/09/30
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Synopsis: Nearly 10% of residents dissatisfied with current housing, neighborhood, local safety or public services to the point they want to move. The Survey of Income and Program Participation is a household-based survey designed as a continuous series of national panels. About 14.6 percent of householders age 16 to 34 reported a desire to move, compared with 10.4 percent of householders age 35 to 54, and 6.3 percent of householders age 55 and older.


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Fifty-six percent of people who didn't move in 2010 but wanted to, no longer wanted to move when interviewed again the following year. However, this does not necessarily mean that these residents were satisfied with where they lived. Some additional factors that influence if people move include time, money, health and suitable alternative homes, which may explain why many people change their minds about moving.

The report, Desire to Move and Residential Mobility: 2010-2011, looks at the characteristics of householders who desired to move and their subsequent mobility pattern from 2010 to 2011 using data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation. This survey follows an initial sample, also referred to as a panel, of about 50,000 households for several years. Below highlights characteristics from 2010.

Who Wants to Move?

Why do Householders Want to Move?

Survey of Income and Program Participation

The Survey of Income and Program Participation is a household-based survey designed as a continuous series of national panels. Each panel features a nationally representative sample interviewed over a period lasting approximately four years.

The survey is a source of data for a variety of topics and provides for the integration of information for separate topics to form a single, unified database. This allows for the examination of the interaction between tax, transfer and other government and private policies.

Government policy formulators depend heavily upon the survey for information on the distribution of income and the success of government assistance programs. The survey collects information for assistance received either directly as money or indirectly as in-kind benefits. The collected data provide the most extensive information available on how the nation's economic well-being changes over time, which has been the survey's defining characteristic since its inception in 1983.


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