Why People Move: Exploring the March 2000 Current Population Survey: March 1999 to March 2000

May 2001
Report Number: P23-204
Jason Schachter

Why do people move? Most social scientists agree that there are a combination of economic and noneconomic reasons for moving that vary depending on the time period and the age of the movers. Previous research shows that increases in age reduce the likelihood of moving (until retirement age) and that long-distance moves are most common among the highly educated. Generally, the distance of the move is related to whether the move is motivated by employment or housing reasons. Interregional moves are more likely to be job related, while intraurban moves are more likely to be housing related.

July 1999
December 2001