Interesting facts: why people move home

by Chris Lang on June 5, 2011

Home sweet home After the last time I moved home, I swore to stay put for at least 10 years 🙂 Yes, I hated shuffling boxes around THAT much. But it turns out I could be wrong – statistically speaking.

You know about my strange fascination with statistics of all sorts, but in my defense, quite often it helps me learn new, interesting facts.

For example, do you have any idea why most people move home?

The largest group of people move to a bigger or better home, or (the second most common reason) they move into a home they are purchasing.

Three out of four people are moving at least once in five years. Oh no! There goes my 10-year commitment.

Not surprisingly, people are more mobile when they are younger, 25-34 years old. The older we get, the less likely we are to move home – only 17% of people aged 65 and over will move home once in 5 years.

When young people move home, they do it because they’ve bought a house. When older people move home – they do it to change their lifestyle.

It is interesting that overseas migrants tend to move more than people born in Australia. I guess that’s because they don’t put down roots all so quickly, and maybe because compared to migrating to a different country, moving home seems a piece of cake. But their reasons for moving are just the same as for Aussie-born people – they, too, want a bigger or better house, or at least a house they own.

The vast majority of those who move home don’t move too far – 90% stay within the same state or territory.

So let’s see where I fit in. I am in the 25-34 age group, came to Australia from overseas, and while living here have moved 4 times in the last 5 years – I guess that matches the statistics perfectly.

How about you, have you moved home recently? Do you expect to move home in the foreseeable future, and why?

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Scott October 10, 2011 at 11:08 am

“Three out of four people are moving at least once in five years”

Does that mean “moving once every 5 years” or “have moved once in the last 5 years”.

If you set up a scenario with four people. One person religiously moves every 4 years, another every 7 years, another every 10 years and the last person every 13 years.

It is possible at any point in the first 50 years of a study, that the proportion of this group that have moved in the last 5 years is 0/4, 1/4, 2/4, 3/4 or 4/4.

The proportion of people who have moved once in the last 5 years could also be helped if the survey was completed in a shopping centre in Campbelltown, NSW.

Am I on the right track here?


Chris October 11, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Hi Scott,

You can find the statistical background of this article here:[email protected]/Products/014F82F4B7EBB613CA25776E00179971?opendocument



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