A story in the Wall Street Journal this week indicated that Americans are staying in their houses much longer than they used to.
Homeowners nationwide are remaining in their homes typically 13 years, five years longer than they did in 2010, according to a new analysis by real-estate brokerage Redfin.
According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the average person in the United States moves residences more than 11 times in his or her lifetime. That seems quite high when compared to the average of about 4 moves for people in 16 European countries. Another article I came across indicated that only about 1 in 10 people in the U.K. have lived in the same house for at least 31 years. This would seem to suggest that the percent of Americans who have lived in the same house for at least 31 years is well below 10%.
Personally, we’ve been in our house for 33 years, and I’ve only moved three times.
Perhaps it’s a sign of resistance to change, so these numbers got me thinking about other behaviors of mine that may indicate such resistance:
- A 2016 survey of more than 1,000 Americans 50 and older by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that there are only 18% who’ve stayed in the same job for at least 30 years. I’ve been with the same employer for 33 years.
- Looking at some Census data from 2009, it appears as if only about 50% of couples make it to their 35th wedding anniversary. My wife and I have been happily married for 38 years.
- More than 50% of people who give up eating meat return to eating meat within a year and fully 84% eventually start eating meat again. I’ve been a vegan for 13 years, and see no reason to go back to eating meat.
- the average life of a car is about eight years/150,000 miles. We have two cars; one is 16 years old with 190,000 miles on it and the other is 13 years old with 220,000 miles on it.
- I still have some clothing from when I was in my 20s.
All of this may seem to paint a picture of someone who does not like to change things.
But I view all these items as commitment – to my spouse, to my job, to my neighborhood, to my health, and to spending wisely.
And if that’s being resistant to change, so be it…