More than half of Britons no longer stay in the town where they grew up and typically live nearly 100 miles away, new research has revealed.
It claimed that modern generations are far more willing to move away from the place where they were born to secure a job, to attend university or even for romance.
It also suggested that the days of leaving school to work of a local employer and then settling down to be near parents or friends are over in favour of a more flexible approach to life and work.
London attracts many young people due to the number of job opportunities Brighton & Hove also has a high proportion of people who were born in Britain but in a different part of the country to where they live now
The report by family tree site Ancestry found that so-called ‘internal migration’ – where people move from one part of your home country to another – was thriving in Britain.
A total of 51 per cent live in another part of the country to where they were born, with the average distance being 99.19 miles away.
It compares to their parents’ generation, which is more likely to live within five miles from where they grew up.
The report attributed the trend to the death of traditional manufacturing industries, with big cities and London in particular, a magnet for those prepared to move miles for work.
Greater London has the highest proportion of people who were born in Britain but in a different part of the country to where they live now. It is followed by Lancashire, Kent and Essex.
But London is also the second more popular city for losing its homegrown population to other parts of the country – only Scotland sees more of its residents move to different areas.
The report suggested this may be due to the high cost of property, which means many Londoners find it easier to lay down roots in other parts of Britain while the capital continues to attract those coming in looking for work.
The average price of a property in London is £661,519, compared to less than half that amount at £298,801 for the country as a whole.
A total of 51 per cent live in another part of the country to where they were born, with the average distance being 99.19 miles away Birmingham also has a high proportion of people who were born in Britain but in a different part of the country to where they live now
Buying agent Henry Pryer agreed with the report, saying: ‘There may be a number of reasons why people are moving away but I’d bet that high housing costs must be one of the biggest factors. Both rents and capital values mean that the young have to move to where the highest paid work is and many see that and the excitement to be in London.’
He added: ‘Mum and Dad may be sorry to see their children moving so far away but they have only themselves to blame, as we have stoked the housing market to the extent that we have priced the next generation out of their homes. The irony is that we now need The Bank of Mum and Dad to lend to their children so that the children can afford the prices that Mum and Dads’ mates want for their properties.’
The survey of 2,000 adults by Ancestry also found that 21 per cent of those who up sticks and move within the UK do so for work, followed by 13 per cent who do so for a better quality of life.
At the same time, six per cent settle in the town or city where they went to university.
Seven per cent move from an urban environment to the countryside while only three per cent move from a rural area specifically because they want to live in a city.
Those who stay where they are from do so because of work, being near family or simply admit to having a cultural or spiritual pull to their home town.
Ancestry’s Brad Argent said: ‘Immigration is something that we hear a lot about, but lesser known is the fascinating trend of people moving around within their own country which has seen a huge increase in the UK over the past few decades.
‘With people moving around the country more and more, it means many have a deep sense of belonging to places which may not only be different to where they live, but even places that they’ve never actually been to.’