[MOVIN’ ON] Pandemic driving relocation to lower-density areas, family
United Van Lines' 45th Annual National Movers Study, released January 3, indicates that US adults were on the move to lower-density areas and to be closer to their families throughout last year.
The study of state-to-state migration patterns determined that Vermont had the highest percentage of inbound migration (74%) with United Van Lines. Topping the list of outbound locations was New Jersey (71%), which has held that spot for the past four years.
South Dakota (69%), South Carolina (63%), West Virginia (63%) and Florida (62%) were also revealed as the top inbound states for 2021. Meanwhile, states like Illinois (67%), New York (63%), Connecticut (60%) and California (59%), which have regularly appeared on the top outbound list in recent years, again ranked among states with the largest exoduses.
In addition to the state-by-state data, United Van Lines also conducts an accompanying survey to examine the motivations and influences for the interstate moves. This year's survey results indicated 31.8% of Americans who moved did so in order to be closer to family – a new trend coming out of the pandemic as priorities and lifestyle choices shift. Additionally, 32.5% moved for a new job or job transfer, a significant decrease from 2015, when more than 60% of Americans cited a job or transfer.
What's more, amid the pandemic, many Gen Xers are retiring (often at a younger age than past generations), joining the Baby Boomer generation. While many are retiring to states like Florida, they’re not necessarily heading to heavily populated cities like Orlando and Miami — they're venturing to less dense places like Punta Gorda (81% inbound), Sarasota (79% inbound) and Fort Myers-Cape Coral (77% inbound).
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