2017 Moving Trends in America

by Cheria BrickhouseJune 1, 2017

To move or not to move? That is the question…

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A recent study conducted by Homes.com found that 50% of Americans haven’t moved in the last 10 years. Of those that have moved more than five times in 10 years, the overwhelming majority are millennials in the 25-34 age bracket. So what’s holding the rest of the population back?
Moving can sometimes feel like a financial burden, and women were 35% more likely than men to say that moving was a financial stressor. It is extremely important to budget in order to better facilitate the moving process and avoid any potential surprises. 57.4% of female respondents and 42.6% of male respondents reported that their last move felt like a squeeze on their wallet.
Many Americans receive help from family and friends to help them move. Interestingly, those that expressed that moving was a financial burden were those that “dumped their stuff” and started over in a new home. However, of those who moved all by themselves, 67% said the move didn’t feel like a stress on their purse strings.
People are often asked to relocate from a smaller town to a bigger city for work or school. When asked which major city they would most like to move to this year, 40% of respondents selected Denver, Colorado! Colorado is the second fastest growing state in the United States. Miami, Florida came in second place with 22% of Americans saying they’d be open to moving there. Chicago, Illinois and New York City tied for last place with survey respondents, both with just 7 percent of the votes. However, wherever you choose to go, a move to a different city can serve as the catalyst you need to kick your life into a higher gear!
While most moves seem to be a result of work relocation or a better neighborhood for the family, a noteworthy percentage of people reported moving for love. A change in marital or relationship status was the reported reason for a move among 10% of Americans. For better or for worse, big changes in a relationship can mean a move is imminent.
This study shined a light on moving trends among Americans in 2017. While some of the findings were to be expected, we were surprised by a number of the results. Let us know in the comments below what you found surprising!

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About The Author
Cheria Brickhouse
Cheria is an aspiring homeowner and the Content Marketing Coordinator for Homes.com. When she isn't working, she stays busy sewing, designing, and diving into all sorts of DIY projects.