Monthly Moving Trends Report — November 2022

Every month, moveBuddha pulls historical data from the Moving Cost Calculator and analyzes search queries to understand where people are moving to and from across the United States in real-time. 

Last data update: November 08, 2022

What states are the most popular to move to in 2022 as of early November?

Big Takeaways:

  • The state with the highest inflow is Hawaii with a move ratio of 252 moves in for every 100 moves out.
  • The state with the highest outflow is California with a move ratio of 50 moves in for every 100 moves out.
  • The national average move ratio for state-to-state moves is 119 moves in for every 100 moves out.
  • How has moving changed from 2020 to 2022? Hawaii (+147%), New York (+66%), and Mississippi (+47%) are seeing the biggest percentage increase in inflow. On the flip side Idaho (-60%), South Dakota (-55%), and Utah (-46%) are seeing a slowdown in inflow, since 2021.

The map below outlines the most and least popular states to move to in the U.S.  We compare periods spanning a year-long period including 2020, 2021, and 2022 (captures data from Jan through early November).

Click the year “button” to see the changing trends from year-to-year:

Which cities are seeing the most moves in, or inversely the most moves out?

Big Takeaways:

  • The city with the highest inflow of new moves is Ocala, Florida with a move ratio of 302 moves in for every 100 moves out.
  • The city with the highest outflow of moves is Bronx, New York with a move ratio of 37 moves in for every 100 moves out. 
  • $437,281 is the average of home values across the top 25 cities attracting the highest inflow.
  •  $949,734 is the average of home values across the 25 cities seeing the highest ratios of outflow.
  • Are home prices falling? Of the top cities to move to, Eagle Rock, NC saw a significant drop in home values at -3.85%. Of cities seeing higher outflow, the drop in home prices is more prevalent with 16 of the 25 seeing numbers fall. Stamford, CT is seeing the largest drop of -1.9%.

The map below outlines the most and least popular cities to move to in the U.S. in 2022.

Methodology & Sources

We use moveBuddha proprietary data collected in 2020, 2021, and 2022 (January 1 through November 8th) to analyze moves trends. The data comes directly from searches into the moveBuddha Moving Cost Calculator.

In-to-out ratio: We rely primarily on the in-to-out ratio equation in our analysis to see which cities are earning more residents by moves in than losing them via moves out: [Number of queries for moves in] ÷ [Number of queries for moves out] = [in-to-out ratio].

State level analysis: Limited to moves from state to state and excludes any moves within a state.

City level analysis: Limited to cities with at least 100 search queries for moves in and 100 search queries for moves out.

Zillow Home Value data is used for understanding the home value and home value percentage increase over time. For home values not included by Zillow, we use the latest documented values from Realtor.com.

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