Nothing could have prepared the moving industry for the events of 2020, and relocations was one of the hardest-hit sectors. Despite this, the moving industry has bounced back and we’re witnessing more moves, interesting trends and new influences on people’s moving decisions. Let’s check out the moving statistics of 2020 and 2021, and industry perspectives on where the industry is headed next.
Here is what you should know.
Moving Statistics in General
A strengthening economy in 2021 has driven the demand for moving services over less expensive alternatives.
Moving is segmented - Amid improved demand, establishment numbers are projected to grow.
11.7 times in the average amount that the average American moves in their whole lifespan.
This is according to the National Association of Realtors looking at the months between March to October 2020:
State VS State In Terms of Number Coming In And Going Out
The numbers below show the average amount of people coming in (+) or going out (-) compared to those who moved out or moved in, respectively and on average in 2020, during the pandemic:
New Jersey (NJ): +2 032
New York (NY): -2 847
South Carolina (SC): +1 439
Texas (TX): -2 681
Maryland (MD): +1 035
North Carolina (NC): -905
Iowa (IA): +679
California (CA): -726
Connecticut (CT): +545
Pennsylvania (PA): -421
Nevada (NV): +416
Illinois (IL): -400
Arizona (AZ): +386
District of Columbia (DC): -375
New Mexico (NM): +338
Minnesota (MN): -188
Ohio (OH): +334
West Virginia (WV): -141
Mississippi (MS): +282
Florida (FL): -102
New Hampshire (NH): +272
Missouri (MO): -92
Wisconsin (WI): +205
Massachusetts (MA): -73
Alabama (AL): +198
Kentucky (KY): -43
Indiana (IN): +194
Nebraska (NE): -19
Arkansas (AR): +156
Tennessee (TN): -16
South Dakota (SD): +135
Montana (MT): -7
Rhode Island (RI): +131
Utah (UT): -7
Kansas (KS): +131
Colorado (CO): +121
Alaska (AK): +114
Delaware (DE): +110
Virginia (VA): +95
Wyoming (WY): +82
Oklahoma (OK): +67
Idaho (ID): +63
North Dakota (ND): +63
Washington (WA): +61
Oregon (OR): +32
Georgia (GA): +29
Vermont (VT): +15
Hawaii (HI): +13
Michigan (MI): +12
Maine (ME): +7
Louisiana (LA): +2
It is estimated that these numbers will change. According to Nexus, the states that have seen the most growth in the end are:
And things must have really turned around for North Carolina, and Texas since they too made the list. Well, people do tend to change their minds, perhaps they wanted to get their 11, 7 moves in early.
A lot of people moved out of large cities during the pandemic. They moved to suburbs, possibly to be closer to their homes.
33 percent of New Yorkers moved to Brooklyn, 29 percent to the Hamptons, and 8 percent to Jersey City.
Many people from San Francisco moved to the countryside in a radius of about 60 miles from their last owned home.
6,100 people moved to Williamson County in Texas.
2,250 people moved out of Williamson County.
How People Move
The rate of DIY moves has increased. Around 1 million people do their moving by themselves with rented trucks. 1.35 million people do not rent trucks while they do their DIY moves. And around 650 000 people use professional movers.
Ages between 18 and 34 with one to two children are the average movers. People move while they are young, and tend to stay put the older they get
People who rent move more often than homeowners
Type of Houses/ Apartments People Move Into
Houses with four (or more) bedrooms: 7.70 percent
Houses with three bedrooms: 20.27 percent
Two-bedroom houses: 21.16 percent
Single bedroom houses: 28.81 percent
Studio apartments: 9.37 percent
Items That Are Moved
1 percent are institutional and office supplies
6 percent are trade shows and exhibits
20 percent are electronic office items such as computers, servers, copiers, etc.
73 percent are household items
Why Do People Move
As mentioned many people moved to be closer to their families, as well as away from the cities during the pandemic. However, according to US Census Bureau data other reasoning includes:
Looking at Millennials Moving
While many millennials (25 to 35 years old) are less likely to be tied down to marriage, homeownership, and kids, millennials do not seem to move around a lot. Just 20 percent of them moved in the previous year. This is down by 6 percent when compared to the Silent Generation (1963) and Generation X (2000).
42 percent of millennials are living with their spouses as well as being married. A decrease of 40 percent compared to the Silent Generation when they were the same age as the current millennial generation.
37 percent of millennials have a house.
56 percent of millennials do not have kids.
80 percent of millennials have commented that they are willing to take a pay cut if it means moving to their dream location.
Economists remark that the reason why millennials move far less than other generations could be because there are fewer job opportunities for them. As well as not being able to afford to buy a house. These factors could be the reasons why they are less motivated or likely to move or want to move.
Looking at Retirees Moving
In recent years, more so in 2020, there has been a great increase in long-distance moving for retirements. According to The Washington Post, many people moved from the city to more rural areas since the pandemic introduced more people to remote work.
States with High Number of People Moving Out
States with High Number of People Moving In
Waste Created Due to Moving
The annual waste that the average American mover makes is as follows:
Rolls of tape: 30 million
Packing paper: 90 million pounds
Fuel: 353 million gallons
Random items that are thrown out: 8, 4 million tons
Cardboard boxes: 900 million
Food: 345 000 towns
When it comes to the last bullet point we would like to offer Move4Hunger as a means to donate your food that you have to leave behind to those in need.
But, many of them are not moving because of Covid-19 safety concerns.
18 percent want to move due to job flexibility, as well as to lower their cost of living.
40 percent of potential movers want to relocate due to homeownership reasons.
More people will move from the cities to the country.
70 percent of people plan to get to know their new neighbors, get involved in local activities as well as volunteer opportunities after their potential relocation.
More people want to move out of apartments to houses.
A lot of people want more outdoor space, storage, as well as more kitchen space.
The work from home phenomenon will continue to grow.
People are more likely to be drawn to nature due to the lockdown of the pandemic.
Top Six States For Moving
Florida is gaining a huge surplus of people and businesses moving to the sunny state. This is mostly due to the lower personal tax, as well as that it is becoming the go-to tech hub of the USA, certainly Miami.
The Grand Canyon State had an influx of movers coming later in the year it would seem. It would be an estimate to say that this trend will keep rising in 2021 with more people looking for more space while working at home.
The Rocky Mountains state, Colorado was the sixth most popular state that movers gravitated towards during the pandemic (source). But, the growth may be due to other factors outside of the pandemic. Denver, in particular, is on the top list of cities that millennials want to move to and has been so for the last few years. This does not seem to be changing, meaning a steady growth pattern in 2021.
There were reportedly more interstate movers in Idaho when compared to the other states during 2020. This could be due to the outdoor enthusiasts wanting to move from the cities. However, the pandemic did cause an increase in movers, with more people wanting to live in more natural scenic areas. This is expected to keep going in 2021.
Due to their mountains, a moderate climate as well as beaches, it is safe to say that North Carolina will continue to have a boom in 2021. Furthermore, there are plenty of small towns that attract the older population, as well as people just looking for more space outside of a city setting.
Texas is an interesting one. Because on one hand, they saw a decrease in population only for a turnaround to happen in the midst of the pandemic. There are plenty of reasons for people to want to move to the Lone Star State outside of dealing with the aftermath of the pandemic such as its thriving job market, affordable houses, and no state income tax which can be a big draw for many people. Certainly, those working from home.
Advice for Those Moving in 2021
Regardless of what the future moving trend or statistics will be (we will most likely better find that out in 2022) one thing for certain is that moving is a tough process. Therefore, our advice to you is to get help with the organization of your potential move. Shyft is a moving platform that will do all the hard work for you as well as give you a minimum of three quotes from different moving companies so you can decide which one best suits you and your budget. And Shyft will manage your move, saving you time and nerves.
It would seem that more people are opting to move outside of the city to houses instead of apartments. As well as to be closer to family. These reasons make sense since the pandemic really did a number on us. If you decide to move make sure you do the right research, or just get Shyft to do it for you. Either way, stay safe out there everyone.
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