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Southerners are Prepared to Move Twice as Far as Northerners

Homeowners in the South of England are said to move twice as far as those in the North of England, according to a recent study.

The survey, carried out by Professor Mike Coombes of Newcastle University, suggests that people in the North are more likely to stay loyal to their roots and move within their local area, as opposed to southerners who are prepared to travel twice as far when moving house.

This research has been formulated using census data that has recorded every house move and commute and highlights that Northerners are more inclined to stay closer to their family where they grew up.

Despite the fact that both Northerners and Southerners commute, travelling similar distances to and from work, it has been found that Southerners are prepared to travel an average of six miles to relocate, whereas, northerners are prepared to only move three miles away, to stay close to their local communities.

This highlights that Northerners are sacrificing a long commute to work to stay nearer to their friends and family.

Professor Mike Coombes, a professor of Geographic information at Newcastle University and Head of the research said: “There seems to be a stronger sense of loyalty to one’s local town in the North of England.”

Research suggests that people living in Bolton are unlikely to move nearby to Wigan, whereas people in the South would happily move out of their county altogether without feeling any loyalty to their local area.

The study also shows that it is mainly people in the industrial North that are more likely to stay at home which suggests that it is people with more traditional values that are more reluctant to move far afield.

Whether you are planning on moving within your local area or much further afield, contact Robinsons for expert removal advice.


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