Benefits of moving
Even if the above reasons don't apply to you -- meaning, you don't have a specific person or factor driving you to move -- there are still some general advantages of picking up and trying out a new corner of the country (or the world). For one thing, moving gives you the chance to experience someplace new. If you try out a different city, it could lead to a host of professional opportunities and positive social connections.
Moving could also mean enjoying a change of pace. If you're bored of rural or suburban life, you may really enjoy living in a city for a while -- or for good. And if you're tired of the hustle and bustle of being in a city, a move to a quieter neck of the woods might serve you well.
Benefits of staying put
On the other hand, there are plenty of good reasons to stay where you are and not uproot your life. For one thing, moving can be an expensive prospect, between hiring movers, paying for supplies like boxes and packing tape, and possibly having to store the items you don't know if you'll have space for in your new home. Of course, the amount you spend to move will depend on a number of factors, like the amount of belongings you need to transport and the distance involved.
A local move costs $1,250, on average, for a two- to three-bedroom home. Long-distance moving, which often involves moving from one state to another, can cost closer to $4,900, on average, assuming a two- to three-bedroom home. Even if you don't hire movers, you could still end up spending a lot of money to relocate, and if you don't have an employer to pick up that tab for a job-related move, it could really strain your budget.
Furthermore, by staying put, you get the comfort of the community you already know. You don't have to learn your way around a new town or stress about making new friends.
Finally, not moving means not having to deal with an unfamiliar real estate market. Finding a new home, whether to buy or to rent, is no easy prospect, and if you don't move, you won't have to deal with it.
Is moving right for you?
Clearly, there are pros and cons to moving that you'll need to consider before packing up your entire life. Think about the things you stand to gain by moving (say, a better job/higher paycheck, more room to spread out, or a lifestyle pace that better aligns with your personality) versus the things you stand to lose (the stability of being settled, proximity to the neighborhood friends you've already made) and see which makes a more compelling argument.
There's lots to be gained by making a move, but there's also nothing wrong with deciding you'd rather stay where you are and not face the unknowns of trying someplace new.