8 Surprising Moving Statistics for National Moving Month

May is national moving month! And while you may not be celebrating with a big move yourself, there’s a good chance you might be planning to pack up sometime in the next couple of years: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American will move 11.4 times in their lifetime. Seems like a lot, huh? That’s not the only surprising statistic about moving we’ve come across. Here are seven more moving statistics that you might not have anticipated.

Suprising moving statistics:

  • About one-in-nine Americans moves every year.
  • Moves have actually declined since the Census started tracking migration data in 1948, when about one-in-five Americans moved each year.
  • Of those who do move, most move within the same state (about 84 percent) while about 13 percent move to another state, and fewer than one percent move to a new country, reports the American Moving and Storage Association.
  • Most moves occur when people are younger. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that only an average of 3.1 moves happen after age 44.
  • According to a study by Mayflower.com, Baby Boomers are most often moving to live closer to their children and grandchildren. “One in five Americans said their friends and family members moved because their children needed additional help with their kids because both parents work.”
  • South Dakota, Vermont, and Oregon are the most moved-to states, according to this annual survey.
  • More people are moving to the ‘burbs. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the suburbs had a net gain of 2.2 million movers, while principal cities had a net loss of 1.7 million.

Planning a move this year? Get in touch with American Movers of New Jersey to get a complimentary quote.

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