Family Mobility and Neighborhood Change: New Evidence and Implications for Community Initiatives

Making Connections Research Series

Posted December 1, 2009
By the Urban Institute
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Family mobility in low-income neighborhoods poses significant challenges to community change initiatives. This report seeks to quantify those challenges by (1) focusing on how residential mobility changed neighborhood composition and characteristics over time in the Making Connections sites; (2) exploring characteristics and circumstances of “movers, newcomers and stayers”, and (3) offering a set of neighborhood mobility models and their implications for family well-being and the community change field. 

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Key Takeaway

Rationale for moving out or staying put

About a third of movers across the Making Connections neighborhoods were “up-and-out” movers, heading toward better neighborhoods where they said they were more satisfied and optimistic. Among stayers, close to half were attached to their neighborhoods and positive about their future. A much smaller share of stayers said they were remaining in place because they lacked viable alternatives.