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Moving Trends in the US

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The effects COVID-19 had on moving trends in US cities

With the pandemic, rioting and protesting having caused such an impact on the US’s overall situation, it is only natural that migration trends were influenced. And so, the moving industry has had to battle with the sense of unease that struck those living in metro areas and were fighting between moving outside city borders and roughing it out. Most, however, chose to remain where they were, while individual cities were considered too risky for others to settle there.

And so, studies of local and interstate moving trends in the US show us which cities were considered as critical destinations for moving:

  • New York, NY
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Arlington, VA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Miami, FL
  • Nashville, TN

All these cities were pandemic hotspots and drove people away from finding their new homes there in the past several months. Not only that, but they all saw 50-80 percent moving jobs outside their borders. On the other side of the spectrum, we have cities that saw progress during this year:

  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Durham, NC
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Chandler, AZ
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Jacksonville, FL

US cities that stagnated in terms of local and long distance moves

While certain cities were positively or negatively affected by the crisis of 2020, there were those that simply lost business. And although the moving industry was proclaimed an essential business, companies in these cities saw a loss in profits when it comes to everyday work. So, here are the cities that recorded the biggest drops in the number of moves in comparison to 2019:

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Portland, OR
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Washington, DC
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Denver, CO
  • Aurora, AZ
  • San Francisco, CA

Twelve US cities with the highest number of local moves in 2019

People living in large and developing cities have little reasons to live outside city borders, let alone cross state lines in search of a new home. After all, when you have a prospective job in a city that is economically strong and suitable for starting a family, what more is there to yearn for? The only concern people have is whether they want a bigger home or a quieter neighborhood to live in. So, here is a closer look at the top cities on this list and the reasoning behind it all:

  1. Atlanta, GA
  2. Houston, TX
  3. Chicago, IL
  4. San Antonio, TX
  5. Los Angeles, CA
  6. Fresno, CA
  7. Charlotte, NC
  8. Dallas, TX
  9. New York City, NY
  10. Milwaukee, WI
  11. Phoenix, AZ
  12. Seattle, WA

The summary

  • COVID-19 had a very damaging effect on the overall moving decision when it comes to US metro areas.
  • The US city with the highest number of moves in 2020 is currently Scottsdale, AZ.
  • San Francisco and New York experienced the highest number of outgoing moves so far.
  • Pittsburgh experienced the highest drop in moving jobs during the last year.
  • The first place among US cities with the highest number of local moves in 2019 went to Atlanta, GA. As the 4th fastest growing city in the US in 2018, Atlanta has experienced rapid growth, in terms of population and economics. The result is the continuous development of the city, with new job openings, plenty of educational opportunities, diverse housing, etc.
  • As expected, the states of California and Texas each have a couple of cities on this list. And since they are among the top three most populous US states, this is little to no surprise. For Texas, the representatives on this list are Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas, while Los Angeles and Fresno carry the banner for California.
  • New York City is close behind CA and TX. Despite being among the top 10 outbound states for relocation, New Yorkers still tend to relocate within city borders, Brooklyn in particular.
  • Other cities worth mentioning on this list include Chicago, Charlotte, Milwaukee, Phoenix, and Seattle – all metropolitan areas with large populations.


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