50 Awesome Moving Industry Statistics for 2021

Did you know that the average American moves 11.7 times in their lifetime?

The moving industry generates a staggering $86 billion in revenue every year and it makes a huge economic and social impact!

Here are 50 fascinating moving industry statistics you might not already know:


#1 The average American moves 11.7 times in their lifetime

#2 Approximately 31 million Americans move each year (9.8% of Americans)

#3 Around 3 million Americans make an interstate move every year

#4  82% of Americans move within their home state

#5 14% of Americans move to a different state

#6 65% of all moves occur within the same county

#7 People moving abroad account for only 4% of all moves

#8 The top reason people move is for housing-related reasons (40%), followed by family-related reasons (27%), job-related reasons (21%), and for other reasons (12%)

#9 Professional movers handle approximately 650,000 relocations per year

#10 Moving rates are on the decline – about half as many people move each year as they did in the 1960s

#11 Around half of all moves take place in the summer, between the beginning of May and Labor Day. 

#12 The industry is made up of over 18,000 businesses

#13 There are around 50,000 moving trucks in the U.S.


#14 The moving industry has a yearly revenue of $86 billion 

#15 The industry employs 122,600 people

#16 The combined annual payroll of the industry is around $3.6 billion 

#17 Moving industry workers contribute an estimated $9.42 billion in tax revenue each year

#18 The market size of the moving industry is expected to increase 1.7% in 2021

#19 The moving services industry is the 18th ranked Transportation and Warehousing industry by market size and the 395th largest in the U.S.

#20 The average cost for an interstate move is $4,100

#21 The average cost for an in-state move is $980


#22 The average “movers” are between 18 and 34 years old with one or two children

#23 Millennials (age 25 to 35) are moving less than previous generations, with 20% of Millennials reporting a move this past year in comparison to 26% of Generation X in 2000

#24 The moving industry is comprised mostly of small businesses – 47.8% of moving companies in the U.S. have fewer than 5 employees

#25 8.5% of moving companies employ more than 100 people

#26 44% of Americans moving are individuals/families

#27 38% of moves are corporate

#28 16% of moves are military-related and funded

#29 2% of moves are made by government agencies



#30 The busiest interstate routes are California to Texas, New York to Florida, and California to Washington

#31 The top states people moved to in 2021 are Idaho, New Mexico, and Maine

#32 The top states people moved from are New York, California, Illinois, and District of Columbia


#33 Approximately a fifth of Americans (22%) moved or know someone who moved as a result of COVID-19

#34 Among U.S. adults who moved due to the pandemic, 28% say the most important reason was to reduce their risk of contracting the virus

#35 9% of adults (approximately one-in-ten) from 18 to 29 said they moved as a result of the pandemic

#36 20% more people are planning to move in 2021 than moved in 2020

#37 More than 6 in 10 (64%) of Americans who work remotely are entertaining the thought of relocating in the next 12 months (this is compared with less than a third of those who commute)

#38 Between 14 and 23 million Americans are planning to relocate due to remote work opportunities, and more than half (54.7%) of them are moving more than two hours away from their current location

COVID Trends We’ve Seen At Oncue

#39 Before COVID, the most popular city for Americans to move to was Oakland

#40  During COVID, the most popular city for Americans to move to is Dallas

#41 50% increase in Americans moving during COVID

#42 73% increase in San Franciscans moving during COVID

#43 Increase in migration from expensive cities such as San Francisco and Oakland

#44 Increase in people relocating to less expensive cities such as Orlando, Denver, and Nashville

#45 Increase in Californians leaving San Francisco and Oakland

#46 Increase in Californians moving to Sacramento, Berkeley, and Alameda

#47  40% increase in people moving to Nashville, Tennessee

#48  256% increase in Floridians moving

#49  300% increase in Utahns moving

#50  138% increase in people moving to Dallas

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