Frequent changes of residence are disruptive events for children and may increase the risk of dependence.
Figure ECON 12. Percent of Individuals and Families who Moved in a Given One-Year Period
- Female-headed families with children were much more likely to move in a year than married-couple families with children, in each of the one-year periods shown.
- Residential mobility decreased one percentage point every two years for children age 1 to 14 from 1987 - 1988 to 1993 - 1994.
- Residential mobility for adults age 25 and above remained essentially unchanged, dropping only one percentage point over this period.
Table ECON 12. Percent of Individuals and Families who Movedin a Given One-Year Period
|1987 - 88||1989 - 90||1991 - 92||1993 - 94|
|Age 1 to 14||20||19||18||17|
|Age 25 and Above||15||15||15||14|
|Married-Couple Families with Children||17||17||16||15|
|Female Single-Parent Families with Children||29||29||31||28|
Note: Residential mobility measures the percent of individuals over age 1 who changed houses between March of the first year and March of the next year. The mobility of married-couple and female single-parent families is the percent of householders age 15 to 54 with own children under 18 who changed houses.
Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, "Geographical Mobility," Current Population Reports, Series P20-456, 473 and 485, various years.