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Would you permanently leave your family for a better job?

Only 30 percent of Americans still live in the town where they grew up, and such relocation is largely influenced by the hope for a better job.
JJ Feinauer, Deseret News Modified: July 15, 2014 at 10:13 pm •  Published: July 16, 2014

Only 30 percent of Americans still live in the town where they grew up, a number closely related to many Americans' willingness to move for a better job, according to a new survey conducted by the polling agency YouGuv.

“Many of these moves are made for work reasons,” YouGuv’s Peter Moore wrote, “chasing the promise of a better job and a better life to the states where incomes are high and houses are cheap.”

In fact, according to YouGuv, some men and women are even willing to permanently move away from their spouse in order to pursue a more fulfilling job, though they are in the minority.

But would such move be worth it?

Things aren’t looking good for the 18 percent — roughly one in 5 — of those surveyed who are willing to ditch their significant other and make the move, since the payoffs of relocating are decreasing.

“Americans are moving less — and not as far — because it's not nearly as worthwhile economically,” Citylab’s Richard Florida wrote last April.

The most recent census data supports Florida's claim, showing a dramatic drop in state-to-state migration after 2005.

Citing a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research, Florida explains that, historically, Americans are more likely to move “from neighborhood to neighborhood in the same city or county” and more long-distance relocation is typically reserved for “those seeking better job opportunities.”

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