- Based on the 2013 population estimate of 316.13 million, we can assume that around 44,000,000 people moved in the US last year.
- Of those who moved: 57% moved within the same county, 20% moved to a different county within the same state, 19.5% moved to a different state, and 3.5% moved to a different country.
- The percentage of population that moves, when broken down by age, varies considerably, as does the distance of the move.
- Around 4 percent of those over the age of 65 will move to a new county
- While approximately 30 percent of those aged 20-29 will move to a new county.
- Couples with young children are the most likely to move a long distance.
- As people get older, the percentage of people who move decreases consistently.
There are two exceptions to this trend.
- When people reach age 65, there is an increase in both the percentage of moves, and
distance of the move – this is likely due to retirement.
- When people reach age 85-plus, there is an increase in the percentage of moves, and a decrease in the distance of the move. This is possibly due to a move to an assisted living facility.
- There is also a difference between the sexes.
- In the 20-24 age groups, 32 percent of females will move each year, yet only 28
percent of males.
- By the age of 30-34, the percentages are almost identical: 20.3 for females and 19.3 for males.
- By age 40 this reverses, with 11.28 percent for females and 12.26 percent for males.
- More people move in the spring and summer than in the fall and winter.
- The SBA defines a small business as an enterprise having fewer than 500 employees
- The 28 million small businesses in America account for 54% of all U.S. sales. 22 million are self-employed with no additional payroll or employees (these are called non-employers- To classify as a “non-employer” business you must have annual business receipts of $1,000 or more and be subject to federal income taxes)
- Approximately 75% of all U.S. businesses are non-employer businesses
- Over 50% of the working population (120 million individuals) works in a small business
- Small businesses provide 55% of all jobs and 66% of all net new jobs since the 1970s, 65% since 1995.
- The 600,000 plus franchised small businesses in the U.S. account for 40% of all retail sales and provide jobs for some 8 million people.
- Approximately 543,000 new businesses get started each month (but more employer businesses shut down than start up each month)
- 52% of all small businesses are home-based
- 7 out of 10 new employer firms survive at least 2 years, half at least 5 years, a third at least 10 years and a quarter stay in business 15 years or more.
- The small business sector in America occupies 30-50% of all commercial space, an estimated 20-34 billion square feet.
- Furthermore, the small business sector is growing rapidly. While corporate America has been “downsizing”, the rate of small business “start-ups” has grown, and the rate for small business failures has declined.
- The number of small businesses in the United States has increased 49% since 1982.
- Since 1990, as big business eliminated 4 million jobs, small businesses added 8 million new jobs.