Key Highlights

  • Study by United Van Lines showed uptick in moving of +32%
  • moveBuddha, moving company search site, found Denver, Austin and Portland to be top choices to move to
  • Redfin found that Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee and Nevada to be most popular among moving people

A study by United Van Lines shows an uptick of +32% in moving interest this year compared to last year at this time. This study revealed that the leading factor in customers’ decisions to move stemmed from the COVID pandemic.

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The four most common factors cited by customers who were motivated to move by the pandemic included:

  1. Concerns for person/family health and wellbeing
  2. Desires to be closer to family
  3. Changes in employment or working arrangements (including remote work)
  4. Desires for lifestyle change or enhanced quality of life

COVID- influenced customers were much more likely, 64% more likely, to expedite their moving plans than the 9.6% of customers who were not influenced to move by the pandemic.

The top outbound states, states with the highest percentages of moves influenced by the pandemic, included:

  • Washington DC
  • New York
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Delaware
  • California
  • Minnesota
  • Massachusetts
  • Florida
  • Washington

The top inbound states, states where people chose to migrate to, included:

  1. Vermont
  2. North Dakota
  3. Connecticut
  4. Montana
  5. Michigan
  6. Arkansas
  7. Oregon
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Ohio
  10. Utah

Another analysis by the moving company search site, moveBuddha, found the top three large cities people were moving to were Denver CO, Austin TX and Portland OR. The top cities people were moving out of were New York, San Francisco and Chicago.

The states that have seen the biggest net inflow increases since last year, according to Redfin, included Florida, Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina and Nevada. Redfin’s top destination cities include Santa Barbara CA (+1214% in Q3 2020 compared to one year ago, Louisville KY (+113% increase), Buffalo NY (+107% increase), El Paso TX, Burlington VT, and Tulsa OK with its Tulsa Remote, a program that pays people to move to the city and work remotely.


Thanks to United Van Lines, moveBuddha, Redfin and CNBC.

Also read: Nearly 50% of Homeowners Expected to Move This Decade – Will 50% of Those Moving Use Updater?, Texas Sellers Now Have to Disclose Flood Risks, Offerpad Offering Buyers Home Customization Before Moving In

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