2012 – 2013 Moving Trends

Each year, professional moving companies step back and take a look at the previous year’s relocation patterns to see where people are moving to, moving from, and where they are staying put. This snapshot of the nation’s moving trends provide consumers an idea of where the best and most desirable locations are, or were, as well as providing professional companies an idea of where to concentrate growth and marketing funds.

Last year, and heading into 2013, much of the trends from 2011 continued or grew, though some states and regions saw a dramatic influx of new residents from other places around the country. Here is a brief breakdown of what last year’s numbers showed us.

The Extremes

Much like the year 2011, states in the southwestern part of the country, and those in the mid-atlantic, saw the same large influx of new residents that they are used to, showing that they continue to be some of the most popular states to move to. The state of California saw a huge influx of residents, accounting for over 13,000 moves, while the nation’s Capital saw, for the seventh year in a row, the most inbound moved in the country.

In the North

Not much has changed in the northeast region of the country. While Washington DC continues to be one of the states where people move to all of the time, all of the other states in the region continue to be listed on the outbound list. This means that these states continue to see many residents move away to other locations around the country.

In the South and East

Much like the northeast, much of the south remained the same throughout 2012. Rather than being considered outbound listed states, however, much of these states are on what is called the ‘balanced’ list. This means that not many people are moving out, but not many people are moving in either. The exceptions to those rules are Texas and New Mexico, who both saw growth on the inbound movers list this past year.

In the Midwest

Unlike most other areas in the country, the Midwest saw more changes in moves this year than any other region. Instead of remaining almost the same as last year, a good majority of the states in the Midwest have moved from being outbound listed, to being balanced. While there are still some states that are seeing lots of people move from them, more states in the area are balanced now than in many recent years. Statistics show that no Midwestern state has been listed on an inbound list in over ten years.

Where Will You Move?

Will the trends from 2012 continue into 2013? As you prepare your move, or you consider moving to a new place for a job, think about the region or state you are moving to and moving from. Are you following the trends from last year as well? Be sure to check back next year to see if your predictions are right!