Residential

  • 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.
  1. Around 4 percent of those over the age of 65 will move to a new county
  2. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  1. In the 20-24 age groups, 32 percent of females will move each year, yet only 28
    percent of males.
  2. By the age of 30-34, the percentages are almost identical: 20.3 for females and 19.3 for males.
  3. 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.

Businesses/Commercial

  • 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.
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