House buyers in the north 'tend to stay local'
6th Jul 2012
There is a significant difference between the moving habits of people in the north and the south, according to the latest study.
Research carried out by the Royal Geographical Society shows that people buying a new property in the south of England move twice as far on average as those located in the north.
This is despite the fact that the distance people travel to work in each area of the country is very similar, the society revealed in a study presented at its annual international conference, which took place in Edinburgh.
Professor Mike Coombes of Newcastle University explained that although commuters in the north are no less willing than southerners to travel daily to reach available jobs, when they relocate they tend to move much shorter distances.
This is particularly true in the Pennine region's old industrial towns, the expert acknowledged, suggesting that seems to be a stronger sense of loyalty to people's local towns in the north of England.
"People living in Bolton for instance, are unlikely to move to Wigan for whatever reason, while in the south of England people might move anywhere within the same county with little loss to their sense of identity," he added.
Posted by Staff Writer: Robin Stenson
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