2015 is history, but there are trends that developed in real estate last year that reflect key focus points for the new year. One of these key areas of conversation is relocation – where people moved within the United States.
So, who moved? Where did they move to? How much money did they pay to facilitate these moves, and what motivated the decision to relocate? And, what were the general patterns in terms of distance covered?
Why Americans moved in 2015
One of the reasons people moved from their existing homes was because they were looking for cheaper options, convenient locations, and new environments. Others moves because they wanted better-quality housing, even if it meant they had to pay more. Reports also show that some Americans left rentals in search of places where they could buy their own home. Now that we’re in 2016, that is one of the more significant trends to focus on.
But those aren’t the only reasons Americans chose to move last year. Some moves so they could start their own household. This includes newlyweds and young people who moved out of their parents’ homes. In other cases, people got new jobs and chose to relocate closer to the new work. These jobs included new challenges or transfers within the same line of work. Most of the movement in this category involved those who were taking new jobs altogether.
Lastly, there were other less common reasons for moving, such as the search for new environments or better schools and colleges.
What were the patterns of movement?
The west and southern parts of the country saw more destinations than any other area, with three out of the five routes of movement ending in California. Florida and Texas were the remaining available routes.
States to which most people moved
California was first, followed by Texas, Washington, North Carolina, and Colorado. Oregon, Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina, and Nevada rounded out the Top 10, in that order.
Where did most moves emanate from?
New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania took a huge hit in terms of movement out of state. The other states in the Top 10 were Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, Virginia, and Ohio.
Who moved within their own states?
Those who relocated within cities and towns in the same states did so out of a need to find better places without having to move too far away from home. These were the states affected by this, in descending order:
- New Jersey
- New York
These are the cities to which people moved, from the ones that received the most people to the ones that took in the least:
- Portland, OR
- San Francisco
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
And below is a ranking of the cities from which people moved, from the most affected to the least:
- New York City
- Washington, DC
- Arlington, VA
- Columbus, OH
More information about 2015 moves:
- Professionals in teaching, business, health, and the military moved the most in 2015.
- The average moving costs ranged from $2,600 to $4,400.
- June was by far the busiest month of the year in terms of movement.
- A huge chunk of people (60.6 percent) moved out of state.
- July 31 was the most packed day of the year, where people moved the most compared to any other date.
- Only a paltry 9.6 percent of those who relocated made use of vehicles.
- Most people chose to move either on Friday or Saturday.
- Those living in units with one or two bedrooms moved most, some in search of bigger houses and compounds.
- Among the areas from which people moved, the Midwest was the most affected as people sought better working places and cheaper residential areas.
- While there was plenty of movement in many areas across the U.S., the only significant increase in general population resulting from relocation was the south.
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