Every day, hundreds of Americans are making that huge decision of relocating to a new city. Statistics show that 32 million Americans moved in 2018, which is 10.1% of the US residents.

Moving to a new state is a major personal decision that also requires critical thinking. According to the 2018 migration report, the four key reasons behind the relocations are love, money, community, and location.

Most people in the US tend to move within the same state, and a few are making that big decision of moving across state lines. According to the 2018 census report, 85% of the Americans moved within the same state and 15% changed ZIP codes. Statistics indicated that Idaho led in inbound moves while Illinois led in outbound moves in 2018.

So, why do most people decide to leave an established life and move to an entirely new place? Let’s explore some of the few reasons:

1. Job Opportunities

According to the US census bureau of 2018, 10.3% of Americans relocated because of a job transfer or getting a new job. Also, 1.5% moved to look for work or due to lost job opportunities while a 1.1% move was due to other job-related reasons.

Statistics show that most people will be inclined to make the inter-state shifts if a new and better paying job opportunity appears. Most employers tend to entice employees to move to a new work station with things like promotions, higher pay, or better medical covers, etc.

Although the highest percentage will move only when the job is guaranteed, there is still another percentage that will move to search for new opportunities. Most entrepreneurs relocate their businesses in search of greener pastures.

Other job-related issues that can make people move are the heavy traffic experienced in some cities as well as long commutes to the workplace. Some 2018 statistics show that 5.6% of Americans relocated to be closer to the workplaces and for an easier commute.

2. Education

Another primary reason that makes people move from one state to another is the search for knowledge. According to recent statistics, 2.8% of relocations in America are done by students who are leaving or attending college. Students who move every year to join colleges for the first time constitute the most significant percentage in this category.

But, some students are making transfers from one college to another or families moving to find their kids better schools. This means that education is a significant contributor to the daily shifts we experience from one place to the next. 

3. Retirement

According to the 2018 census statistics, 1.1% of Americans who relocated were retired. After a long working career, some people tend to relocate to new places to spend their golden years. Some relocate to get closer to their families while others just want a quiet and quaint little place away from the hectic life of the city.

When people start aging, they tend to look for places that will favor them in terms of climate, access to health facilities, costs of living and more. This means that a state with all these combinations will spark the retirees’ interest.

4. Access to Amenities 

Different cities and states offer various amenities to their residents. Families can feel the need to move to a new city or state to be closer to amenities that they consider essential. For example, people will move to access healthcare facilities such as research hospitals, as well as better schools.

Better taxes, is also a significant contributor of inter-state movements as different states may have varying tax rates. States with low tax rates tend to have more people moving in to enjoy the lower rates.

5. Need for a Larger Home

According to the 2018 US Census Bureau statistics, 16.4%, which was the highest percentage, of Americans moving do so in search of a better apartment or home. At least 7.3% moved to own a home and not rent. Most people looking for larger homes are those with growing families.

In most cases, when you are single or newly married, you don’t require a spacious house. However, that changes when babies come since they need to stay in their separate rooms. This necessitates a need to move to a bigger house with more rooms that can comfortably hold everyone. 

6. Financial Difficulties

In most cases, finances are a significant determinant of the cities or states we live in. When people experience financial difficulties or want to cut down some expenses, they can move to a new state with a lower cost of living. This can happen when people want to save for things like a dream home, retirement or education for their kids. In 2018, 7.9% of people who relocated wanted cheaper housing.

Moving to a new cheaper area seems like an ideal thing to do, which sometimes may be across state borders. States with lower tax rates and an overall more affordable cost of living attract people who seek to cut down their expenses. 

7. Change in Relationships

Change of status is also another primary reason why people move to new states. According to the 2018 census statistics, 4.4% of people who relocated did so after changing their marital status.

When one gets married to a person living in a different state, the need to shift will arise. One of the spouses can move to start a family.

A change in relationships can also be referring to things like divorce, separations and more. When people divorce, they can decide to move out of that state to try to create a completely new life elsewhere.

8. Search For a New Experience 

Sometimes, there is just no primary reason for the shift. Some people can relocate to new cities, states or even countries to simply experience a change. They want to enjoy a different climate, relate with different people, or look for a new way of living.

Sometimes, it doesn’t mean that you have a pressing issue that demands relocation. Fulfilling your innermost desires can be a significant reason. A change is always good for you and it can make your life more enjoyable.

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