How many people moved and what was their main reason for moving? In the United States, 35.9 million people moved between 2012 and 2013.

Between 2012 and 2013, 35.9 million people living in the United States moved to a different residence. The mover rate for this period was 11.7 percent. Why did these people move? Housing-related reasons were the most popular response with 17.2 million (48.0 percent). Family-related reasons were the second most selected choice with 30.3 percent, followed by job-related (19.4 percent) and other (2.3 percent).

These data come from the 2013 Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) of the Current Population Survey (CPS). The 2013 ASEC questionnaire had a list of 18 common reasons for moving, with an additional option to write-in reasons that did not fit into any of the predetermined choices. All of the individual reasons can be collapsed into four major reason for move categories:

  1. family-related
  2. employment related
  3. housing-related
  4. other.

This report contains an in-depth look at the most recent reason for move data available.

See full report: http://www.census.gov/prod/2014pubs/p20-574.pdf