For Family, There's No Place Like Your Hometown

Publication: USA Today

Author: Sharon Jayson


12/18/2008 - Family ties are pulling Americans closer to home.

The majority of U.S.-born adults (56%) have not lived outside their birth state, suggests research out Wednesday, and of the 37% who have stayed in their hometown, three-quarters say the main reason is because they want to be near family. Fifteen percent have lived in four or more states.

Pew Research Center's survey paints a vivid portrait about how Americans feel about their hometowns at a time when geographic mobility is at the lowest levels since the government began keeping statistics in 1948.

Pew cites government that data shows 13.2% moved from 2006 to 2007, down from a high of 21.2% in 1951. Census figures to be released in 2009 confirm the trend, showing a dip to 11.9%.

"People move for economic opportunity, and they stay put for family ties," says Paul Taylor, project director of Pew's Social & Demographic Trends Report. "Those are the two biggest drivers of motivations either to move or to stay in one place. But if you add it all up, you find ultimately family trumps money when people make decisions about where to live."

Read the full article For Family, There's No Place Like Your Hometown on USA Today's Web site.

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