Does COVID-19 Have You Thinking About Moving? You Might Need This


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Are you thinking about moving?? COVID-19 has had a lot of American's thinking about if they need a change of scenery or not when it comes to where they were living. So where are people moving to and from?

According to United Can Lines' "44th Annual National Movers Study."

  • Idaho is the state where most people moved to in 2020, with 70%% of moves to the state being inbound.
  • On the flipside, for the third year in a row, New Jersey has seen the largest amount of people moving out of the state, with 70% of outbound moves.
  • New Hampshire and Montana are the most “balanced states,” with the same number of residents moving inbound and outbound.
  • As suspected, the pandemic prompted a greater outbound migration in major cities like New York (72%), Newark (70%) and Chicago (69%).
  • Meanwhile, lower-density cities saw high levels of people moving in, including Wilmington, North Carolina (79%), and Boise, Idaho (75%).
  • 40% of Americans say they moved for a new job or a job transfer.
  • 27% say they moved to be closer to family.
  • COVID-19 definitely influenced people’s moves, with those who said it had an effect citing the following reasons for moving:
    • Concerns for personal and family health and wellbeing (60%)
    • Desire to be closer to family (59%)
    • Changes in employment status or work arrangement (57%)
    • Desire for a lifestyle change or improvement of quality of lie (53%) 

U.S. States With The Most People Moving In

  1.  Idaho
  2. South Carolina
  3. Oregon
  4. South Dakota
  5. Arizona
  6. North Carolina
  7. Tennessee
  8. Alabama
  9. Florida
  10. Arkansas

U.S. States With The Most People Moving Out

  1. New Jersey
  2. New York
  3. Illinois
  4. Connecticut
  5. California
  6. Kansas
  7. North Dakota
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Ohio
  10. Maryland

Source:United Van Lines