A person in the United States is expected to move 11.4 times in his lifetime, according to FiveThirtyEight advice columnist Mona Chalabi.
Age plays a factor in mobility, with millennials more likely to pack up than their older counterparts. The average 18-year-old will have only moved twice, but a 30-year-old will have already moved six times. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates movement based on which age groups are most likely to move in a given year and the overall composition of the U.S. population.
Wealthy individuals are less likely to move, with only 7% of Americans with an annual income of $100,000 having moved between 2012 and 2013, compared to 13% of those earning $5,000 or less.
When surveyed by the Census Bureau about why they moved in the past year, people gave reasons including searching for a better home (cited by 15% of movers), cheaper housing (8%), and foreclosure or eviction (2%). Sometimes staying put is a sign of stability.