Many people don’t realize how big the moving industry really is.
With so many people on the move, the industry generates a lot of really interesting data.
Whether you’re tracking moving industry trends, household moving, or where people are moving, we’ve got all the data you’ll need to get a feel for what’s going on.
- The average American moves 11.7 times in their lifetime 
- In 2017, nearly 36 million people moved in the United States. That’s roughly 1 in 10 Americans moving every year.
- Summer is by far the busiest time of year to move with nearly 60% of annual US moves taking place between May to August.
- There are approximately 16,002 companies in the moving industry.
- Companies within the American Moving & Storage Association report operating 50,000 trucks and 32,000 tractors for pulling straight trucks and semi trailers.
- California, Texas, and Florida have the highest density of moving services in the United States. 
- The American moving industry has experienced 2.8% growth within the past year.
Moving Industry Employment
- Moving companies employ 122,600 people and have a $3.6 billion annual payroll.
- The American Moving & Storage Association consists of 7,000 moving companies which operate out of 13,900 locations across the country. 
- 47.8% of companies in the moving industry are small businesses which employ fewer than 5 people.
- Only 8.5% of moving companies employ more than 100 people.
Moving Services & Pricing
- An interstate household move costs around $4,300 on average. 
- $2,300 is the average cost of an intrastate move. 
- Each local mover hired charges, on average, $25 per hour. 
Why Are People Moving?
- Overall, renters tend to move more often than homeowners.
- 16% of total movers are relocating to new homes.
- 7.3% of people moving are transitioning from renting to owning their home.
- People looking to find cheaper housing make up 8.3% of movers.
When are people moving?
- Friday is the most popular day of the week to move, with Saturday and Monday being tied for second.
- Around 60% of moves take place in the summer months (May – August).
- Moving slows down a lot during the winter and the fewest moves happen in December, accounting for 6% of total moves.
- June is the most common month to move, making up roughly 13% of the year’s relocations.
Moving Location Statistics
Knowing where people are moving is a pretty important factor in determining how resources are distributed and explain why companies offer certain services in certain areas.
Moving Within the United States
- In 2017, local moves accounted for 35% of total moves in the US which is a 5% decrease from the previous year.
- The top three cities for local mores are New York City, Chicago, and Houston.
- The three states with the most local moves are California, Texas, and Florida.
- In 2017, interstate moves made up 65% of total moves in the US, a 5% increase form the previous year.
moveBuddha City Rankings
In an attempt to figure out which other are attracting the most movers, we took a look at all the data from our move cost calculator to determine which areas were most searched as moving destinations in 2017.
- 25 Most Popular Large Cities to Relocate to in 2017
- 50 Most Popular Mid-Size Cities to Relocate to in 2017
- 100 Most Popular Small Cities to Relocate to in 2017
- 100 Most Popular Small Towns to Relocate to in 2017
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- IBIS World, Moving Services – US Market Research Report
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- My Moving Reviews, What is the Average Moving Cost?
- US Census Bureau, State-to-State Migration Flow
- US Census Bureau, Calculating Migration Expectancy Using ACS Data