Fewer Americans on the Move, Study Says

Pew says Americans aren’t moving nearly as much as they once did.

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There’s an interesting report out from the Pew Research Center. It looks like Americans aren’t relocating nearly as much as they once did:

From the Pew Research Center:

As a nation, the United States is often portrayed as restless and rootless. Census data, though, indicate that Americans are settling down. Only 13% of Americans changed residences between 2006 and 2007, the smallest share since the government began tracking this trend in the late 1940s…

The Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey indicates that the number of people who moved between 2006 and 2007, 38.6 million, was the lowest since 1982-83. That earlier period included part of a 16-month recession that ended in November 1982. The annual migration rate, which held at 20% through the mid-1960s, has drifted downward since then before hitting its low last year, with the recent housing market slowdown perhaps playing a part.

Analysts say migration has declined because the U.S. population is getting older and most moves are made when people are young. Another brake on moving is the rise of two-career couples, because it is more difficult to coordinate a relocation when two jobs are involved.