Moving Motivators

What Factors Motivate Americans to Uproot?

If given the chance to move, the majority of Americans in 2015 would most like
why-americans-move-stmto move to Florida, California, or Hawaii. However, contrary to what this list might suggest, good weather and easy beach access are not the only factors Americans take into consideration when deciding whether or not to move. A recent Harris Poll of 2,2232 U.S. adults, determined what these factors are.

If you’ve thought about making a big move recently, this list might help you in your decision making process.

Here are the top four motivators:

The Weather: 52% of Americans would consider moving to a state with better weather. Not surprisingly, the weather plays a more important role for those who live in the Midwest and on the East coast. 61% of people who live in the Midwest said they would consider moving to a climate with better weather.

The weather in the state you live may be more important than you realize. While the weather can determine lifestyle choices such as biking to work, it also greatly affects many people’s moods. However, the poll found that the weather is more important to Millennials, where as Matures are less likely to make a move based on climate.

Jobs: 41% o
12f Americans would move for a better job opportunity. Though certain states and cities are known to be more expensive, these areas may also have more job opportunities depending on your area of expertise. Job satisfaction is crucial to a fulfilled life and it’s worth taking into consideration when deciding whether or not to move. This factor was found to mostly be considered by Millenials and Generation Xers though.

Proximity to Family:
36% of Americans would move to be closer to their family. Many Americans uproot to be closer to their family for support. Instead of going long periods without seeing your family or buying expensive plane tickets, consider moving closer to your family. Again, Millenials and Generation Xers were found to be more likely than older generations to take this into consideration when moving. Gender wise, the poll found that women were more likely to take this factor into consideration compared to men.

Health: 25% of Americans would consider a move for health reasons. This could entail moving to a climate where you can build a more active lifestyle. For others, it could mean moving to a place with better healthcare. This Ted Talk discusses  how your health can be affected by where you live.

Here are the runner-ups:

Proximity to Friends: 18% of Americans would move to be closer to their friends.

Proximity to Significant Other: 16% of Americans would move to be closer to their partner.

Educational Opportunity: 14% of American’s would move for schooling.

Lifestyle: 13% of Americans would move to a place where they felt their political views and lifestyle choices were more accepted. LBGT Americans are three times more likely to move to a place where they feel their lifestyle is more accepted.

Recreational Marijuana: 11% of Americans would move to a state where it was legal. This factor was most considered by Millenials (20% of Millenials compared to 10% of Generation Xers). Gender wise, more men than women were influenced by this factor.

Religious Reasons:  7% of Americans would move to a place where they felt their religious views were more accepted.

Whether you are considering moving to a new state or just a new neighborhood, these factors are worth thinking about. If you would like more information about what it would take to sell your home and make a big move, fill out the form below and we’d be happy to answer your questions.

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Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area. Prior to her award-winning career in real estate with the Shannon jones Team, Shannon has had successful careers in journalism and public relations. She holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. Shannon holds E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications. Shannon is very personable and maintains a very strong moral compass, always putting the best interest of home buyers/sellers above monetary goals. A California native, Shannon enjoys gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling homes MY DESIGNATIONS Lic# 01247705 | CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) | E-Pro | PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) MY SERVICE AREAS Anaheim Bellflower Buena Park Carson Cerritos Cypress Downey Fountain Valley Garden Grove Huntington Beach La Palma Lakewood Long Beach Los Alamitos Los Angeles County Norwalk Orange County Rossmoor San Pedro Seal Beach Signal Hill South Bay Westminster

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