The COVID-19 crisis prompted a lot of Americans to decide they needed a change of scenery when it came to where they were living, and a new report reveals where most folks headed to, and where they left from.
According to United Van Lines' "44thAnnual 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
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- North Carolina
U.S. States With The Most People Moving Out
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Dakota
Source:United Van Lines