Moving by the Numbers in America

America is one of the most mobile countries in the world. Whether due to professional or personal reasons, approximately 35 million Americans move to another residence in their city, county, state or the nation every year. It’s no surprise the relocation industry nets $25 billion annually.

We tracked down some revealing data about the state of moving in America, and present it to you by the numbers.

95 – Percent of people moving to Oregon versus those leaving it.

Currently, Oregon is the most moved to state in the U.S. South Carolina and North Carolina are the nation’s second and third most moved to states, respectively.

11.6 – Lowest percentage of movers ever recorded.

In 2010, 11.6 percent of people in America moved. That’s the lowest recorded percentage since the Current Population Survey began tracking the movement of people in the United States in 1948. To put that in perspective, 20.2 percent of people moved in 1985. The Recession of 2008 likely played a significant role in the moving “freeze” and the nation’s recovering economy could be why people are starting to move again. In 2012, the nation’s overall mover rate increased to 12 percent.

48 – Percent of people who moved for housing in 2012.

Between 2012 and 2013, out of the 35.9 million people who moved, 48 percent (or 17.2 million) said they did so for housing reasons. Slightly more than 30 percent attributed their relocation to family reasons, and 19.4 percent said their move was employment driven. Movers with better educations were more likely to move for job reasons than those with lesser educations.

7 – Number of the 10 fastest growing states located in the south and west.

Between 2010 and 2014, seven out of the 10 fastest growing states were located in the south or the west. These states are North Dakota, The District of Columbia, Texas, Colorado, Utah, Florida, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, and South Dakota.

49 – Percent of between-county moves that are less than 100 miles

According to data recently released by the Census Bureau, almost half of the people who relocated between counties from 2008 to 2012 moved less than 100 miles. Of that group, 38 percent relocated less than 50 miles. The same data reveals two thirds of all domestic moves are within-county moves.

$1,170 – Average cost of a moving within the same state.

Based on a weight of 7,100 pounds of property being moved, the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) states the average cost to ship household goods within a state is $1,170. Between states, the average cost is $5,630.

3 – Fastest growing counties in the country located in Texas.

Between July 1, 2013 and the same date a year later, the Lone Star State was home to the three fastest growing counties in America, among counties with populations of 250,000 or more. Montgomery, Fort Bend, and Williamson County each grew by nearly four percent during the period.

21,000 – The number of trucks owned by the five largest moving companies in America.

United Van Lines is noted as the largest moving company in the U.S. and Canada and has a fleet of more than 7,500 trucks.

114,350 – Population of The Villages, Florida; the fastest growing metro area in the U.S.

According to the most recent Census Bureau data, the Sunshine State boasts six of the 20 fastest growing metro areas in the U.S. and seven of the country’s top 50 numerically gaining metro areas.


7 – Hours it takes for a professional to move belongings from an average house.

Typically, professional movers can load the contents of a three to four bedroom house on to a truck in seven hours or less. A studio or one-bedroom apartment may take as little as two hours.

10 – Top Cities Americans Relocated to in 2014

1. Washington, D.C.
2. Houston, Texas
3. Phoenix, Arizona
4. Atlanta, Georgia
5. San Diego, California
6. Seattle, Washington
7. Dallas, Texas
8. Chicago, Illinois
9. Denver, Colorado
10. Los Angeles and Long Beach, California
Source: American InfoMaps

5 – Cities with Greatest Percentage of Population Loss From 2010 to 2013

1. Pine Bluff, Arkansas
2. Farmington, New Mexico
3. Flint, Michigan
4. Johnstown, Pennsylvania
5. Mansfield, Ohio
Source: American InfoMaps

7,000 – Number of licensed, active movers in the U.S.

With so many moving companies to choose from, finding the right one for your needs can feel overwhelming. Whether you’re moving down the block or across the nation, imove can help you find a professional mover in your hometown, and we’ll even help you book your move.

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