Mover rates for 2015 are near historic lows according to recently released Census Bureau data. A vast majority of people in the U.S. do not move over a 1-year period. Between 2014 and 2015, only 11.6% of the population moved, which is almost unchanged from the previous year's mover rate of 11.5%.
The Census Bureau’s data dates back to 1948, when the annual mover rate was 20.2%, and has steadily declined since. The rate was around 16% in the 1990s and 14% in the early 2000s.
In 1999, ASEC began asking movers for their main reason for moving. While this information does not help explain the decrease in the mover rate over time, it provides valuable insight into motivating factors behind moves and how these factors have changed for the years available. For this example, we compared 2009 data when the U.S. was deeply embedded in the Great Recession with estimates from 2015. According to Figure 3, “to establish own household” and “new job or job transfer” were both more common in 2015 than 2009. “To look for work or lost job,” “wanted a better neighborhood/less crime” and “wanted cheaper housing” were more common in 2009 than 2015.