Moving Industry Statistics (2023)

Quick Read

The trends in the moving industry are ever-changing, especially in the past year, taking a look at some of the moving industry statistics for 2020 can help you understand how to position your business in the upcoming year.

Here are the major takeaways from these moving statistics:

  • Increase in moves to be closer to family
  • More moving south and west in the country
  • Increase in those retiring results in acceleration of more long-distance moves
  • More moving out of big cities from an increase of those working from home

Overall, the pandemic has certainly shifted what people are thinking about when moving, whether it be in-state or across the country. These statistics show some trends have stayed the same from previous years and some have shifted opposite of the usual.

As a moving company, it is good to keep up on the trends of your industry to ensure that you are positioning your business to offer the best services for your customers. Trends and statistics are constantly changing and with the year that 2022 was, it is good to take a look at what decisions your target audience is making for their moves.

The moving trends that were seen in 2022 have been greatly impacted by the pandemic. With many now working from home indefinitely, it has changed why people move. There has been an increase in those moving to be closer to family as well as those looking to migrate down south for retirement.

Some have also seen this as an opportunity to move out of cities with a high cost of living and into more quiet towns and surrounding suburbs where they can work remotely. This may have also been caused by the increase in job loss from those who were laid off during the pandemic.

Moving Industry Statistics for 2022

Looking at the past year, in 2022, the moving industry trends have seen some statistics that have been typical of previous years, but some are taking a turn in the opposite direction more than usual.

Over 27.3 million people moved in 2022, this was calculated using the United States Census Change in Population Survey. This is based off of both temporary and permanent changes of address.

According to a survey done by, the most popular time to move in 2022 was early fall, beginning in August and dropping off again towards November. In terms of what day of the week was most popular to move, Monday took first with Friday being second. These statistics have been shown in previous years to be typical for household moves.

Retirees Moving South and West in the U.S.

There has also been a trend in the United States for the past few years of many moving toward the west or south of the country. 

Here are the top five states people retiring are moving to, according to research from AARP:

  1. Florida at 11.8%
  2. North Carolina 9.6 %
  3. Michigan 6.6 %
  4. Arizona 5.9 %
  5. Georgia 5.5 %

The Tax Foundation also pointed out that this decision of moving south also has to do with income taxes. In most of these states, Social Security is largely or fully exempt from income taxes, which would be a big pro for retirees.  

Movebuddha studied highest inbound vs. outbound states that looked at a state’s number of people moving into the state versus moving out of it. Here is what their study found: 

Top Inbound States:

  • Alaska
  • Hawaii
  • Maine

Top Outbound States

  • California
  • New Jersey
  • Louisiana

Working from Home and Pandemic Concerns

It has been seen that many are moving out of “hotspot” areas like big metropolitan cities such as New York or Chicago. A likely cause of this is the increase of flexibility of working remotely. If they don’t have to go into the office, it may be in their interest to move somewhere with a lower cost of living, such as the suburbs. This would explain the in-demand real estate market in Hudson Valley as well.  

This has now resulted in an increase of those moving into the suburbs outside of cities. The National Association of Realtors, says that Williamson County, a suburb located just outside of Austin, a major city in Texas, saw the highest migration influx of any county in the country with the number of moves exceeding 4,000 more people moving into the county than out.

According to Gallop, toward the beginning of the pandemic, 7 out of 10 employees were working from home at least part-time, but for the most part, full-time. It was also surveyed that only 1 in every 4 remote workers would like to go back to the office after this. This finding means that, for 2021, there will most likely still be a trend of moving out of highly populated and expensive areas or people to moving closer to their families.

What could this mean for 2023?

Many have found that the options for places to move have opened up since remote working has become more common in the workplace. Now people may not have to have their work commute as a huge concern when it comes to buying a new home, or which city they choose to live in.

We may also continue to see the trend of people moving to be closer to family during this time, again with the increase in flexibility of where you work and those who have recently retired.

For retirees, an increase in those looking to retire, onset from the pandemic, may still be the case for the remainder of 2023.

With these two considerations together, you may see more people looking to do longer, cross-country moves. As mentioned in the statistics for 2020, the high cost of living in dense metropolitan areas may also lead even more people to the surrounding suburban areas.

What this Means for Your Moving Company

After looking at all these statistics it may be a lot to take in. Moving companies should use this as a tool for market research to get a better understanding on what their potential customers are thinking. Depending on where you are based, does this mean targeting more local moves or long-distance moves? Are more people looking to do interstate moves in your area? Should you be catering towards an older crowd looking to retire?

The moving industry statistics may just seem like numbers on a page saying people moved in, and people moved out, big deal. But for your business, it gives you insight into the average customer and the moving services they are going to be looking for going into 2023.

Many now have an increase in flexibility with the remote working environment to have more options when it comes to choosing where they live. More have also been influenced in their retirement to settle down in southern, warmer states. Long-distance moves may be a big area of interest depending on where your business is based.

Lots of changes have happened in 2022. Some have just accelerated typical trends of past years and others have seen a shift in the average customer’s mindset altogether.