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More families are willing to move for a woman's job than five years ago.

Women's jobs spur families to move

Posted on 5/7/14 9:05:01 AM

You often hear about a family moving from one place to the next because the dad is constantly changing jobs. While the nomadic nature of Americans isn't changing, the reasons for moving are becoming more diverse.

According to a recent study from moving company Mayflower, American households are now more inclined to move for a wife or mom's job ‡ than just five years ago.

"This data supports what our agents across the United States are reporting – more families are moving for mom's job than ever before," said Melissa Sullivan, director of marketing communications at Mayflower.

The company surveyed 1,000 Americans and revealed 90 percent of respondents said relocating for a mom or wife's job is now more common. Nearly 50 percent of respondents said they knew someone who recently moved for the wife or mother's job, which shouldn't be too shocking as 40 percent of married women surveyed said they earned the same or more than their spouse.

That falls in line with the 2013 Pew Research Center Analysis. The report stated that married and single moms are either the sole or primary source of income in a record 40 percent of households with children under the age of 18.

Categories for bread-winning moms
?For the moms making all the money, 37 percent are married mothers ‡ who have higher incomes than their husbands, and 63 percent are single moms.

Katy Michael, a mother of two, is one of those bread-winning mothers. Her family recently moved to Boulder, Colo., for her new job, but she said gender played no part in the decision.

??"For us, gender was never part of the conversation when it came to our careers," Michael said. "We weighed the pro and cons, and decided to move to Boulder because it was ultimately the right decision not for me or for him, but for our entire family."