Almost half of U.S. workers would relocate to improve quality of life

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About 43 percent of U.S. workers would relocate to improve their quality of life if they could get a similar job, a survey commissioned by the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority found.

In fact, 23 percent of the survey respondents said that in the past five years they have looked for jobs in a community they believe has a better quality of life.

Younger workers were also more willing to move. Sixty-seven percent of respondents between 18 and 34 years old said they would consider a move, versus 28 percent of older workers.

Economic reasons are still the primary factor in wanting to move. Thirty-six percent of survey respondents said their No.1 reason to move would be a more affordable community or one with a stronger economy. Sixteen percent of respondents said better schools would be a primary reason to move while 13 percent wanted better recreational activities, and 11 percent wanted to live in a safer community.

Ipsos Public Affairs conducted the survey, which included 1,083 randomly selected working adults in the U.S. The margin of error is consider to be plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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