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More Americans Move in 2012
NAHB / August 27, 2013
According to the Current Population Survey (CPS) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2012, 35.3 million individuals moved within the United States. This increase in moves is an important component of pent-up housing demand.
An individual is classified as a mover if the place of residence at the March survey differs from the place of residence one year earlier. In 2012, nearly 12 out of every 100 Americans moved. The share of the population that moved within the U.S. increased from 11.3% to approximately 11.6%. The 2012 estimate represents an increase of nearly four percent or 1.3 million more individuals moving over the prior period. However, moves remain well below the levels early in the 2000s when more than 14% of the population moved.
The data shows the largest share of movers within the U.S. move within the same county at 66.5% in 2012. The share of movers within the U.S. moving to different counties within the same state increased from 17.4% to 19.2% in 2012. The share of movers within the U.S. moving to different states increased from 14.1% to 14.3% in 2012.
According to the 2012 CPS, the most common reason for moving was to upgrade housing. It is estimated that roughly 16% of those moving in 2012 did so because they wanted a new or better home or apartment. The next distinguishable category of movers at 10.7% did so to establish own household, followed by 9.5% moving because of a new job or job transfer.