There’s No Place Like Home

U.S. Adults Moving Home To Be With Family

Apr 19, 2015 – The 2015 Mayflower Movers Insight study found that 65 percent of U.S. adults are choosing to move back to their hometown to be closer to family, friends and significant others. This comes as no surprise to Dr. Philip Cohen, a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland who studies household and family structure.

One of America’s favorite actors, Michael J. Fox, once said, “Family is not an important thing, it’s everything.” According to the 2015 Mayflower Movers Insight Study, U.S. adults seem to agree.

The 2015 Mayflower Movers Insight study found that 65 percent of U.S. adults are choosing to move back to their hometown to be closer to family, friends and significant others. This comes as no surprise to Dr. Philip Cohen, a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland who studies household and family structure.

For Dr. Cohen, the answer to “why” is simple: as life expectancy increases, relationships between Boomers and their adult children (Millennials) are strengthening. Boomers had fewer children than previous generations and therefore have more time to devote to nurturing those relationships. So as Millennials age, they are more willing and have a greater desire to move back to their hometown to be closer to their parents.

Both Boomers and Millennials are making the move – one in four U.S. adults with children are more willing to move closer to their adult children now compared to a year ago, while one in four U.S. Millennials (ages 18-34) have moved back to their hometown in the past five years, as stated in the study. Dr. Cohen attributes these numbers to a change in family dynamics.

As more families have two parents who both work full time, grandparents are providing childcare support to help with grandchildren. With parents being utilized later in life, adult children make the decision to return to their hometowns to be closer to their parents. The survey found that one in five Americans have family and friends who have moved because their children needed additional help with their kids because both parents work.

Regardless of age, we can all agree on one thing – there’s no place like home.

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