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More U.S. residents on the move

46% of movers cite desire to own home, live in better neighborhood

The percentage of U.S. residents who moved between 2008 and 2009 jumped to 12.5 percent (37.1 million people), according to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau. That increase comes after a record-low move rate between 2007 and 2008: 11.9 percent, or 35.2 million people. The bureau's data comes from the 2009 Current Population Survey conducted between February and April every year at about 100,000 U.S. addresses. It includes residents who are at least 1 year old. Renters were far more likely to move in 2009 than homeowners (29.2 percent vs. 5.2 percent). At the same time, movers seemed to shun main cities within metropolitan areas, which lost a net 2.1 million movers, while the suburbs gained a net 2.4 million movers. "Most often, people cited housing-related reasons as their main reason for moving," the report said. "About 17 million movers (45.9 percent) said they wanted to own a home or live in a better neighborhood. Other reasons for moving included family concer...