Why Aren't Americans Moving?
"Last year, about 36 million people in the U.S. picked up and moved, either across town or across the country. That was about one in 10 Americans, or 11.7 percent." Though that may seem like a lot of people, "this mobility rate, based on data released by the Census Bureau today, is about as low as it's ever been, dating all the way back to the 1940s," notes Emily Badger.
She suggests some probable reasons for the 60-year decline in American mobility and recent historic lows: the long-term rise of homeownership, the recession, and the aging of the country's population.