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Mobility in America Part 3 | Where People Are Moving

Despite the dramatic decline in the percent of Americans moving and changing residences over the last 60+ years, the patterns of mobility have shifted much less than might be expected. Once a country on the move, mobility reached a historical low from 2015 to 2016 with only 11.2 percent of the population moving to a different home or apartment. This compares to a 1948 peak of 20.3 percent. The third and final factoid series on Mobility in America looks at where people are moving. Are more movers simply relocating to a nearby apartment or home? Is there migration into the cities from the suburbs? Are some more people moving to sunshine states? The first factoid in this series focuses on mobility by year and the how far movers have relocated.

While the percent of Americans moving has changed overtime, how far away they tend to move has not. Looking at the last 28 years, in 1987, 17.8 percent of the population moved compared the 11.2 percent from 2015 to 2016. Since that time, a slightly higher percentage of movers are moving to a different county within the same state – an increase from 18.3 percent (1987) to 21.3 percent (2016). Meanwhile, while fewer movers are relocating to a different state – down from 16.7 percent to 13.6 percent.

Both long distance and shorter nearby moves have fallen by similar rates over the past 60+ years. Between 2015 and 2016, 61.6 percent of all movers relocated within the same county compared to 67 percent in 1948. Of the total population, just 6.9 percent of Americans made shorter moves last year within the same county, down from 13.6 percent in 1948. Different county and out of state moves dropped to just 3.9 percent of the total population in 2016.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Geographical Mobility Rates, by Type of Movement 1948-2016

Industry Sales by Quarter | 2010 Q3 to 2017 Q3 | Bedding Industry

The third quarter is typically the Bedding’s industry’s highest volume period each year. Bedding sales climbed to $4.04 billion 2017 Q3, an increase of 4.8 percent over the same third quarter last year. Growth compared to the previous Q2 of this year reached 10 percent reflecting the increased third quarter volume. Year-to-date, the third quarter is up 3.8 percent over the first three quarters of 2016 totaling $11.34 billion.


The slow but steady growth in the Bedding industry this year is reflected in the quarter over quarter increases.  In the third quarter of this year, bedding picked up some steam finishing 4.8 percent over the same quarter last year, 2016 Q3.

Third quarter 2017 year-to-date bedding sales totaled $11.37 billion, up 3.8 percent over the same period last year. 

Source:  Impact Consulting Services, Inc. industry model  2017 Q1 and Q2 results been revised.

Industry Sales by Quarter | 2010 Q3 to 2017Q3 | Furniture & Bedding

The furniture and bedding industry picked up a little steam in the third quarter with furniture and bedding sales up 4.11 percent over the same quarter last year, 2016 Q3. Industry sales of $25.42 billion received a slight bump at the tail end of the quarter as Hurricane Harvey victims began the process of replacing furniture in heavily impacted areas. Compared to the previous quarter of this year, 2017 Q2, third quarter industry sales were up 3.05 percent. Third quarter year-to-date furniture and bedding sales reached $74.29 billion, up 3.22 percent over the same period last year.

Furniture (excluding Bedding) in the third quarter increased 3.97 percent versus the same quarter in 2016 totaling $21.38 billion. Compared to the second quarter of this year, furniture sales grew a modest 1.82 percent. Year-to-date furniture sales excluding bedding reached $62.92 billion, up 3.12 percent over the first three quarters of last year.

The Bedding industry also saw a larger increase, with estimated sales of $4.04 billion for the third quarter, up 4.83 percent over the same quarter last year.  The third quarter is typically bedding’s highest volume period. Compared to the previous Q2 of this year, industry sales were up 9.9 percent.  Year to date, bedding sales increased 3.77 percent over the first three quarter of last year totaling $11.37 billion.

The third quarter this year saw the largest quarter over quarter growth in six quarters for furniture and bedding. Industry sales increased 4.11 percent over the third quarter of last year, breaking the $25 billion one quarter dollar mark. Compared to the previous Q2 of this year, sales of $25.42 billion were up 3.05 percent.

Furniture (excluding Bedding) increased 3.97 percent in 2017 Q3 versus the same third quarter of 2016 with sales of $21.38 billion. This figure was up 1.82 percent over last quarter, 2017 Q2.

Bedding 2017 Q3 sales totaled $4.04 billion, up 4.83 percent over third quarter last year and 9.9 percent over the previous second quarter of this year. The third quarter  is typically bedding’s highest volume quarter each year.

Consumer Spending Today | Consumer Spending for Furniture and Home Furnishings Products

This is the final factoid in a series of four factoids detailing the growth of consumer spending since the recession. Although Healthcare spending still leads the way, Durable Goods, including Furniture and Home Furnishings products, have steadily increased their share of post-recession consumer dollars since 2009.

After a gradual post-recession recovery, consumer spending continues to grow an average of 3.8 percent a year since 2009. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Personal Expenditures Survey, Consumer Spending by U.S. Households totaled $12.76 trillion last year – increasing 3.9 percent from 2015.

In this first quarter of this year at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, Consumer Spending on furniture alone totaled $109.7 billion dollars. Major appliances is the second largest home furnishings spending category at $41.4 billion.

Although window coverings is the smallest of the home furnishings categories, it has experienced the largest post-recession surge in consumer spending increasing 42.1 percent. Carpets and other floor coverings have surged since 2015 with a total 32.2 percent growth since 2009. Both furniture and home furnishings accessories also experienced over 30 percent growth post-recession at 31.8 and 31.7 percent growth respectively.

Source: Personal Consumption Expenditures, Bureau of Labor Statistics
*Seasonally Adjusted at Annual Rates (SAAR)

Consumer Spending Today | Growth in Consumer Spending for Housing and Selected Household Expenditures | Indexed Growth 2009 to 2017 Q1

This is the third factoid in a series of four factoids detailing the growth of consumer spending since the recession. Although Healthcare spending still leads the way, Durable Goods, including Furniture and Home Furnishings products, have steadily increased their share of post-recession consumer dollars since 2009. This is despite the fact that last year for the first time Americans spent more money on health care than the total amount spent on living in and taking care of their homes -- $2.95 trillion versus $2.91 trillion.

Since the end of the 2009 Recession, household insurance has surged as the fasted growing housing expense – up 67.8 percent but tapering off over last year. Both furniture and home Furnishings have maintained a steady upward trajectory – averaging 3.5 percent and 3.7 growth each year, but still lag slightly behind overall consumer spending growth of 3.8 percent. Televisions and appliances have been outpaced by other household spending. Household utilities have stabilized with little increase.

As Americans are staying put longer, household maintenance spending has grown 29.2 percent over the last five years. Last year, rents and mortgages saw a high growth of 4.7 percent as supply tightened in many areas. Consumer spending slowed during the first quarter of this year in all household spending categories, except televisions/video and audio.

Source: Personal Consumption Expenditures , Bureau of Labor Statistics

*Seasonally Adjusted at Annual Rates (SAAR)

Consumer Spending Today | Top Consumer Spending Categories (more than 3% of total spending) | 2009 vs 2017 Q1 Annual

This is the second factoid in a series of four factoids detailing the growth of consumer spending since the recession. Although Healthcare spending still leads the way, Durable Goods, including Furniture and Home Furnishings products, have steadily increased their share of post-recession consumer dollars since 2009.

With Healthcare last year finally exceeding total Housing expenditures, including furnishings and maintenance, the trend is on track to continue this year. Total combined Housing and Home Furnishings expenditures lost 1 point share of all spending since 2009, mainly through declining utility expenses and slow to recover rents early in the recovery. Home furnishings products have generally held consumer spending share with the exception appliances and televisions. Meanwhile Healthcare has increased its share 1.5 points in the same time period – up to 22.5 percent of total spending the first quarter of this year. Total consumer dollars spent on housing and furnishings trailed closely at 21.6 percent in 2017 Q1. Meanwhile Americans are eating out more, with corresponding spending on food consumed at home declining.

Rents and mortgage payments make up 73 percent of consumer spending on housing, while the biggest chunk of healthcare was paid to hospitals (7.9%) and outpatient services (7.8%). Actual medical health insurance totaled 1.3 percent of consumer spending.

Source: Personal Consumption Expenditures, Bureau of Labor Statistics *Seasonally Adjusted at Annual Rates (SAAR)

Consumer Spending Today | Growth of Durable Goods | 2000 to 2017 Selected Years

This is the first factoid in a series of four factoids detailing the growth of consumer spending since the recession. Although Healthcare spending still leads the way, Durable Goods, including Furniture and Home Furnishings products, have steadily increased their share of post-recession consumer dollars since 2009. This is despite the fact that last year for the first time Americans spent more money on health care than the total amount spent on living in and taking care of their homes -- $2.95 trillion versus $2.91 trillion.

After a gradual post-recession recovery, consumer spending continues to grow an average of 3.8 percent a year since 2009. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Personal Expenditures Survey, Consumer Spending by U.S. Households totaled $12.76 trillion last year – increasing 3.9 percent from 2015.

Between 2000 and 2009, consumer expenditures for Services surged as Durable Goods lost ground during the Great Recession. However, since the recession’s end in 2009, spending for Durable Goods has seen the largest increase with Nondurables declining as a percent of total consumption.

Both Durable Goods and Nondurable goods lost tremendous ground from 2000 to 2009 as spending on Services skyrocketed by 53.2 percent while consumer spending on Housing and Healthcare services steadily increased. On a positive note, in the years following the recession (2009 to 2017Q1), Durable Goods have surged growing 40.6 percent compared to 27.8 percent for Nondurables and 33.7 percent for Services.

Source: Personal Consumption Expenditures, Bureau of Labor Statistics
*Seasonally Adjusted at Annual Rates (SAAR)

Mobility in America Part 2 | What Motivates People to Move | Reasons to Move: Housing


With Mobility in America at an all-time historical low and only 11.2 percent of people moving from 2015 to 2016, what drives the current movers and leads them to change residence? This is the final factoid in series of four factoids that explores the “why” people have moved since 2000 and takes note of both the growing and declining trends.

After detailing  the other major reasons for moving, Family and Jobs, this factoid centers around Housing. Continuing the historical trend, the strongest reason for a household move for any reason is simply the desire to upgrade to a nicer apartment or home. These movers represented 17.4 percent of the total in 2015/2016, up from 14.8 percent of movers between 2009 and 2010.

After a slowdown during the Great Recession, the desire for renters to own their own homes is trending up. Bottoming out at 4.6 percent of movers from 2009 to 2010, changing residence in order to stop renting and purchase a home grew to 5.9 percent of movers from 2015 to 2016.  Other housing-related reasons for moves 2015 to 2016 included wanting cheaper housing (8.2 percent of movers) and a desire for a less crime ridden neighborhood (3.1 percent).

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement 

Mobility in America Part 2 | What Motivates People to Move | Reasons to Move:Jobs

With Mobility in America at an all-time historical low and only 11.2 percent of people moving from 2015 to 2016, what drives the current movers and leads them to change residence? This is the third factoid in series of four factoids that explores the “why” people have moved since 2000 and takes note of both the growing and declining trends.

Slow job growth this decade coupled with more conservative corporate transfer policies during recessionary times have kept people from moving for a new job or job transfer. However that trend is improving as only 7.8 percent of movers from 2009 to 2010 cited new jobs or transfers as reasons for moves, now up to 10.8 percent in 2016. Also on the rise is a desire to be closer to work and have an easier commute – up to 6.0 percent of movers from 2015 to 2016, almost double that of 2001. Other job related reasons for moves impacting less than 2 percent of movers included moving to look for work or after a lost job or retirement.

A person was more likely to make an employment-related move based on the type of job. Professional and Service jobs are geared toward mobility more than any other type of employment, representing 23.3 percent and 21 percent of job-related movers respectively. The next factoid in this series will focus on Housing as the leading reason for a household move.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement

Mobility in America Part 2 What Motivates People to Move Reasons to Move: Family

With Mobility in America at an all-time historical low and only 11.2 percent of people moving from 2015 to 2016, what drives the current movers and leads them to change residence? This is the second factoid in series of four factoids that explores the “why” people have moved since 2000 and takes note of both the growing and declining trends.

The previous factoid gave an overview of the major broad categories of reasons to move; family, housing, and jobs. This factoid centers around family as a major reason for moving.

Both Divorce and Marriage rates have been on a steady decline since 2000 – lowering a “change in marital status” as a key reason for moving. Down from a divorce rate of 4.0 in 2000 (rate per 1,000 total population) to 3.2 in 2014, more people are staying married. On the flip side, less people are getting married – decreasing from a marriage rate of 8.2 in 2000 to 6.9 in 2014.

Luckily more people moved to establish their own households from 2015 to 2016 – up to 12.2 percent of all movers from 10.4 percent in 2016. Although slow to leave Mom and Dad’s home, more Millennials are venturing out on their own and forming households. This increase should continue steadily over next five years as Millennials age.

According to the National Association of Realtors, between 2008 and 2016 America added an average of 835,000 new households per year. For 50 years prior, it was 1.3 million per year.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement

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