According to the 2021 US Census Bureau Migration Report, the US population is growing, but fewer people are moving, reflecting the current moving trends. Of Americans that did move, the Census reported that approximately 250,000 people relocated to the Southern US while about 227,000 moved to the Northeastern US – an overall migrational decline of 0.9% from 2020.
The US Census Bureau report notes that, while moving rates were slightly higher in 2020, the global pandemic did not significantly impact the overall moving statistics, which has steadily declined following 1995’s spike in movers and the moving rate.
Now, on to the specifics! Here are several moving industry stats you might not know:
#3 The average American moves 11.7 times in their lifetime
#4 Approximately 27 million Americans move each year (8.4% of Americans)
#5 Around 3 million Americans make an interstate move every year
#6 82% of Americans move within their home state
#7 11% of Americans move to a different state
#8 People moving abroad account for only 4% of all moves
#9 People are staying local: 65% of all moves in the US are in-state, and occur within the same county
#10 The top reasons people move are housing-related (40%), followed by family-related (27%) then job-related (21%)
#11 Professional movers handle approximately 650,000 relocations per year
#12 Moving rates are on the decline – the number of people moving each year is about half the of what it was in the 1960s
#13 Around half of all moves take place in the summer, between the beginning of May and Labor Day.
#14 The most common items people move are household goods, electronics and office equipment.
#15 There are around 50,000 moving trucks in the U.S.