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The Movers.com Blog » Blog Archive » 10 Common Moving Statistics Explained

10 Common Moving Statistics Explained

The internet is full of information. We’ve all encountered some movingraphg statistics in various places on the internet. But what do they mean? I’ll try to explain why these moving stats are what they are. If you want more information on moving, head to Movers.com for all your moving needs.

Stat 1: The average American moves 12 times in their life

At first glance this number may seem a little high, but stop to consider typical moving events in the average person’s life:

· Moving at least once with parents during childhood, likely to accommodate your existence or your younger siblings’ birth

· Going to college

· Returning home from college

· Moving out of your parent’s house

· Moving back home when you run out of money (OK, so maybe this isn’t an “average” occurrence, but it’s increasingly common)

· Moving in with a significant other

· Upgrading your home to accommodate a family

· Retirement move to somewhere warm and fun

· Assisted living as you prepare to shuffle off this mortal coil

Add in three more moves, since most of these transitions take more than one move, and you get to 12, easily.

Stat 2: Summer is the most common time of year to move, with almost half of all moves taking place in May, June, July, and August

This is because children are off from school and there is no chance of snow in these months. August first is the most common date for a moving day.

Stat 3: Most people move for “personal reasons.”movingcouple

It isn’t work or military relocation that makes most people move, it is their own desires. These can include:

· Wanting to live on your own

· Wanting a better house

· Wanting less maintenance

· Moving in with a significant other

· Switching from renting to owning

Stat 4: Friday and Saturday are the most common days that people attempt to move

This is obviously to avoid work and school conflicts. Sunday remains relatively low due to religious obligations or the fact that nobody wants to start something on Sunday and not have it done by Monday.

Stat 5: The average person who moves belongs to a young family. The parents are 25-44 with one or two kids between the ages of 2 and 11

This makes sense because in order to afford a move, you need some income, but moving also means you haven’t permanently settled down yet. The arrival of children can be a driving force to move into a larger home, as well.

Stat 6: People in their 20s are the most likely to move

Aside from the previous statistic’s income explanation, college and moves in and out of your parents’ home make it extremely likely that you will move more than once in your twenties.

Stat 7: Up until age 65, moving frequency decreases with age

As people get older and more established, they set roots in a home and are less likely to move. However, the spike in moving once 65 hits is almost certainly due to retirement. When you’re done working you want to go on permanent vacation. Time to move to Florida!

Stat 8: People in the Western US move more frequently than their Eastern counterparts

There can be a few explanations for this. Things are generally denser in the East, so if you want to visit another metropolitan area in the West, you may need to drive four hours away. This means that city to city work or life changes require moves.

Also, there is a sense that you are isolated and aren’t seeing much of the world in the West while the people in the East just go to New York City and see as much of the world as they want to see there.

Stat 9: One third of renters move each year

This shouldn’t be too surprising since renting is temporary housing. Most people only rent because they can’t afford to buy, so if they get the money to buy, they’ll move out. They also could be moving back home or somewhere cheaper if they are strapped for cash.

Stat 10: Half of all moves in 2013 were in one or two bedroom homes

This is likely due to the fact that smaller homes mean more temporary living arrangements. People in temporary housing plan to move and they usually are alone or in small families. If you have a huge house, chances are it took some time and money to get there and you are less likely to pick up and leave it.

Those were the explanations behind 10 of the most common moving statistics. If the only stat you’re interested in is how much your next move is going to cost you, head to Movers.com and fill out a quote form to see some numbers.

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