How close do you live to your mother?

How Close You Live To Your Mom

Depends On Two Crucial Factors

Turns outs, you might not have made it that far. According to a recent study, the typical American lives only 18 miles from their mom.


The Health And Retirement Study, 2008

According to a recent article in The New York Times, depending how close (or far) you live from your parents depends on your income as well as where you grew up.

The data reveal a country of close-knit families, with members of multiple generations leaning on one another for financial and practical support. The trend will continue, social scientists say, as baby boomers need more care in old age, and the growing number of two-income families seek help with child care.

The United States offers less government help for caregiving than many other rich countries. Instead, extended families are providing it, whether they never moved apart, or moved back closer when the need arose.

The biggest contributor to people’s proximity to their parents is based on their education and income. Wealthier people can afford to pay for childcare services and therefore are more likely to move away. Most times, the move is based on a professional opportunity.

However, geography also plays an important factor.

Families live closest in the Northeast and the South, and farthest apart on the West Coast and in the Mountain States. Part of the reason is probably cultural — Western families have historically been the least rooted — but a large part is geographical: People live farther apart in rural areas.

So which are you?

~ I moved out when I was 17. This is my 20 years living away from my mom. 17 to 19 – 2.8 miles, 20 to 24 – 2.5 miles, 24 to 29 – 7.2 miles, 30 to 36 – 9.4 miles, Present Day I live less than a 1/2 mile. I am not very good at either of the below though ~

Pretty much if you live close to your mother, you have no excuse not to see her and if you live far away from her, call her. Your mother worries about you.


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