Americans are moving less and no one know why

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Historically Americans are an extremely mobile people, but if they keep moving like they did the past five years, they may not keep that reputation for long, according to The Atlantic.

The 2010 national five-year mobility rate was about 35 percent — the lowest since the Census began to collect data on the question… The obvious culprit is the recession: when it’s hard to get a new job or sell your house, you aren’t likely to move.

That explanation doesn’t entirely hold up against the data, however. For one thing, the unemployed moved at a higher five-year rate than people with jobs (48 to 37 percent). Also moving rates having been trending down in recent years for renters and homeowners alike.

 

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