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Moving and the Average American

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Ever since humans made the transition from hunter-gatherer to settler, the concept of owning our own little slice of heaven has become a bedrock of civilization. Our homes are special places where relationships grow, families begin, and memories are made. Now, let’s fast-forward to the 21st century to observe some of the biggest takeaways from today’s moving landscape.

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The average American moves 11.7 times over the course of their lives [1], which means a person finds a new place to call home every seven years. 10.9% of Americans moved in 2020 [2] and just 8.4% moved in 2021 [3]. Those may seem like lofty numbers, but 2021 has actually seen the lowest numbers of moves on record! The moving rate has been in steady decline since the mid-1980s. At its peak, the U.S. moving rate was more than 20%.

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There are some trends that have stayed par for the course. For instance, most relocations are simple individual or family moves. Here’s a breakdown of who is moving:

  1. Individual or family moves: 44%
  2. Corporate moves: 38%
  3. Military moves: 16%
  4. Government agencies: 2%
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This one seems like a no-brainer. Household goods are by far the items Americans choose to move the most:

  1. Household goods: 73%
  2. Computers and office equipment: 20%
  3. Exhibits and trade shows: 6%
  4. Office and institutional supplies: 1%
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Americans relocate for a wide variety of reasons. But, most people just want a better place to live. One common thread among the top reasons people are moving is positive momentum:

Top Reasons for Moving

  1. Wanted better home/apartment: 17.4%
  2. To establish own household: 12.2%
  3. New job or transfer: 10.8%
  4. Other family reason: 10.5%
  5. Wanted cheaper housing: 8.2%
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As you might have guessed, the summer months are the most desired time to move [4]. Americans DO NOT prefer moving in the cold of winter. January and December rank dead last for moves. As far as which day Americans prefer to move, most choose to tackle their transition on a weekend day.

Most Popular Months

  1. June: 13%
  2. July: 12%
  3. August: 12%
  4. May: 10%
  5. March: 9%
  6. September: 9%

Least Popular Months

  1. January: 3%
  2. December: 3%
  3. February: 6%
  4. November: 6%
  5. October: 7%
  6. April: 8%
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For decades, we’ve witnessed massive shifts in the American populace. This one might throw you for a loop, though. Idaho tops the list of states where people are moving to [5]:

Most Popular States to Move to

  1. Idaho
  2. South Carolina
  3. Oregon
  4. South Dakota
  5. Arizona

Most Popular States to Move from

  1. New Jersey
  2. New York
  3. Illinois
  4. Connecticut
  5. California

We hope this in-depth look at moving trends serves you well! If you are in the market for a move, Good Guys Moving & Delivery would love the opportunity to earn your business.