In 2002, sixteen percent of families with children reported that they changed residence in the past year. Residential mobility varies by poverty status and family structure. Twice as many families with incomes below the poverty line moved, compared with families with incomes at or above the poverty line (29 percent and 14 percent, respectively). In addition, twice as many single-parent families moved compared with two-parent families (26 percent and 13 percent, respectively).
Percentage of families with children under age 18 that moved in the past year,
by poverty status: 2002
Source: Child Trends' analyses of March 2002 Current Population Survey data.
|At or above poverty||14.3|
|Age of Youngest Child|
|Under 6 years||21.9|
|a. A family was considered to have moved in the past year if its family reference person reported changing residences in the past year.
b. Estimates of two-parent families include only married couples, and exclude families with unmarried partners. Families with unmarried partners are included as one-parent families.
Note: This analysis excludes related and unrelated subfamilies. For this reason, it is possible that residental mobility among families in households is slightly underestimated.
Source: Child Trends' analysis of March 2002 Current Population Survey data.