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Mobility Rate Falls to New Low in 2016

Friday, February 9, 2018

The geographic mobility rate fell to a new all-time low in 2017, according to the Census Bureau. Only 11.0% of U.S. residents aged one or older as of March 2017 had moved in the previous 12 months. Not since 1960 have so few people moved (35 million).

Among people living in owned homes, 5.5% moved from one house to another between 2016 and 2017, above the all-time low of 4.7% recorded in 2011 and 2012. Among people living in rented homes, the mobility rate fell to a new all-time low of 21.7% in 2017.

Mobility Rate in 2017

Total US: 11.0%
Owners: 5.5%
Renters: 21.7%

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Smaller Households, Bigger Houses, Smaller Lots

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The average U.S. household is 24% (or 0.82 people) smaller than it was in the early 1960s. This downtrend has flattened out a lot since the Great Baby Boomer Move-Out of the 1970s, and household size has even on occasion gone up for a year...

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State of the Nation's Housing

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Since the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies first released its seminal State of the Nation’s Housing report in 1988, more than 40 million housing units have been built in the U.S., the country has added 27 million new households, and last...

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