Moving For Love: Not Always Happily Ever After!

by Christelle HollomonNovember 1, 2017

Our Survey

Have you ever been in a long-distance relationship then moved to be closer to your significant other? While the saying goes, “love knows no distance,” sometimes it’s easier said than done. Every year, thousands of people move to be with their better half and say adios to their long-distance relationships. For some, the move is a match made in heaven, but for others, not so much match as mistake!

Homes.com conducted a survey of almost 5,000 people to find out how many people have actually moved for love, and their reasons, experiences, and gotchas along the way.


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The Good

To our surprise, nearly 20% of people have moved for love, and about 1/3 of those who moved for love have moved more than once. Talk about dedication to love! Most people decided to move because their partner lived in another city or because one or both found a job in a new city. We found that on average, women are slightly more likely to move than men.

Love truly knows no distance… 44% of people have moved 500 miles or more to be with their significant other. While a majority of people rented an apartment starting out, a staggering 25% skipped over renting and bought a house together in their new city!


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The Bad

While almost 70% of people say their relocation for love was successful, 30% weren’t feeling the love. As you can see, there were multiple factors that contributed to the failure of their move. Nearly 1/4 of those people broke up after they moved, and about 1/5 identified the reason as a dislike of their new location.


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The Facts

While not everyone can love where they live and live where they love (or love who they live with!), a minority of people – 43% – would NOT move for love again.
Which for optimists means 53% would!

Would you move for love? Let us know in the comments below!

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About The Author
Christelle Hollomon
Christelle is a Homes.com content marketing intern as well as a full-time marketing student. When she is not studying or working, she enjoys watching make-up tutorials, playing volleyball, and creating DIY masterpieces for her future home!
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