Interesting Facts About Moving

Jason writes for Rose City Moving & Storage in Portland, OR.

Moving isn’t exactly on the top of most people’s list of things to look forward to. Sure, we may be moving to a fresh new start, but the act itself can be a little on the stressful side. That said, there are some interesting statistics regarding the industry:

  • Moving is considered the third most stressful life event, only beat by death and divorce. (Employee Relocation Council)
  • On average, people move 11.7 times in their lifetime. (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • It’s estimated that 13 million children move every year. (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Here’s a pretty astounding statistic: About 17 percent of all Americans move every year! While it’s still a minority, that’s a pretty significant amount of people who uproot their lives on a regular basis. (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • The average weight of a Mayflower interstate shipment is 6,900 pounds.
  • The average distance of a Mayflower move is approximately the distance from New York City to Des Moines, Iowa, or 1,100 miles.
  • The Great Recession had a major impact on the moving industry. High unemployment rates and major declines in home sales meant people weren’t moving into new homes (for work or just to buy a home). Private market moves were down almost 18 percent in 2008, according to the American Moving & Storage Association.
  • In 2009, the top three reason for moving were: Wanted new or better home/apartment (14.5%), family reasons (11.5%), and wanted cheaper housing (11.1%)
  • Types of moves that companies are most likely to service include: household goods (70%), military (10%) and other government (1%).- Electronic office equipment (26%)- Exhibits and trade shows (6%)- Office and institutional (0.3%)
  • About 46 percent of all moves conducted by Mayflower are job-related. Retirees account for 32 percent and 22 percent are for other personal reasons.
  • About a third of all college graduates (30%) live in a different state than the school they attended five years later. A little more than that (35%) don’t live in the state where they went to high school. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).