Indicators of Child, Family, and Community Connections. Residential mobility

08/01/2004

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

Percentage of families with children under age 18 that moved in the past year, by poverty status: 2002. See text for explanation.

Source: Child Trends' analyses of March 2002 Current Population Survey data.

  Percent
Table 20.
Percentage of families with children under 18 that moved in the past year,
by selected characteristics:(a)2002
Total 16.2
Family Structure
  Two parents(b) 12.6
  One parent 25.5
Poverty Status
  Below poverty 29.1
  At or above poverty 14.3
Age of Youngest Child
  Under 6 years 21.9
  6-17 years 11.8
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.

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