Predictors of non-local moves among older adults: a prospective study

J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2008 Jan;63(1):S7-14. doi: 10.1093/geronb/63.1.s7.


Objectives: The goal of this article was to test a series of established predictors of the hazard of moving for persons primarily in their 50s and 60s. We tested demographic covariates, resources, travel experience, and community and person ties using a prospective design.

Methods: We employed data from the Health and Retirement Study, 1994 to 2002, based on a representative sample of households containing at least one member aged 51 to 61 in 1992. We employed measures available in the Health and Retirement Study to construct a series of Cox proportional hazards models that examined the causes of non-local moves.

Results: Community and person ties emerged as important predictors of non-local moves.

Discussion: Travel experience, when measured by regular vacationing and second homes, may increase community ties to a destination. The life-course model must be modified in its explanation of the importance of community and person ties, and of life transitions, as motivators of migration.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Emigration and Immigration*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Life Change Events
  • Male
  • Prospective Studies
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Travel