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Middle-Aged and Elderly Finnish Households Considering Moving, Their Preferences, and Potential Downsizing Amidst Changing Life Course and Housing Career

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-395
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Housing for the Elderly
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2015
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


We examine the moving and housing preferences of middle-aged and older in Finland, a country where population composition and movement through the life course are changing. A logistic regression reveals that middle-aged, moderate income residents, renters, those who have lived in their houses only a short time, and residents who are generally dissatisfied are most likely to consider moving. Downsizing appeals to residents with lower incomes who live alone, and who have been in their current houses longer. All potential movers agree on the importance of transportation access and a neighborhood grocery store; however, those preferring to downsize are also interested in house and neighborhood design as well as services that will allow aging in place. Income limitations may create affordability problems for some potential movers.


  • downsizing, housing career, housing preferences, residential mobility

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland