Most people don’t think too much about moving until they’re ready to move themselves. However, the topic is on a lot of minds, because every year, one-sixth of Americans relocate. In plain numbers, that’s around 43 million people—more than four times the number of people who visit Disneyland every year, and greater than the population of California, America’s most populated state!
Here are some more interesting facts about moving:
- Most people—around 42 percent—relocate for personal reasons. Job-related moves make up around 40 percent, and the remaining 18 percent are military or government relocations.
- Around two-thirds of all moves are local. For example, the majority of Kansas City movers come from within the same county, while the greatest percentage of movers from outside the county are within the three surrounding counties: Cass and Clay Counties in Missouri, and Johnson County in Kansas.
- About 62 percent of U.S. citizens still live in the state where they were born. Florida has the lowest percentage of people born who still live there.
- The most typical moving customer is a family that consists of a married couple between 25 and 44 years of age, with either one or two children from 2 to 11 years old.
- Following rampant suburban growth, more people now move into cities or urban areas. For example, St. Louis movers total more than 50,000 each year.
- Half of all moves, or 50 percent, occur during just 1/3 of the year—from the beginning of May to Labor Day, the first week in September.
- Every year, one-third of U.S. renters move.
- The average weight of a household moving shipment is between 6,000 and 7,000 pounds, which is equal to about 35 average people—or one elephant.
- Among those who move each year, 13 million are children under 19 years of age.
- People move an average of 11.7 times in their lifetimes.
Here’s a statistic that’s not so fun: Moving is the third most stressful life event, following the death of a loved one and divorce. The good news is that a professional moving company can relieve the stress of moving, and even save you money—since statistics show that relocating locally with a moving service can cost less than renting a truck and moving yourself.
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