Americans are leaving the Sun Belt and West Coast for the Midwest and Northeastern cities. On the heels of a busy residential moving season, United Van Lines today announced the findings of its Summer Long-Distance Moving Trends Study, indicating that Chicago, Washington DC, and Atlanta are the most popular moving destinations.
A survey of United Van Lines customers moving to the top destination cities revealed that most (71.6 percent) moved for a new job or corporate transfer. Approximately 13 percent moved because of retirement and nearly 10 percent moved for health or other personal reasons.
Dallas/Fort Worth, followed by Atlanta and Los Angeles, were the most popular destinations for new jobs and corporate transferees. When it comes to retirement, respondents were drawn to warmer weather with Phoenix and Los Angeles topping the list.
Although Washington, D.C. tops the list for highest volume of outbound moves, it also had the second highest volume of residents moving into the metro area due to the fact that it is a transient city with a high number of people coming and going. Many cities that are experiencing growth – more people moving into the metropolitan region than out – were in the Northeast, including New York, Boston and Philadelphia. The Midwest region saw considerable growth, including high volumes of millennial moves to cities such as Chicago, St. Louis and Minneapolis. The cities experiencing the biggest moving deficit – more people moving out than in – were along the West Coast (San Jose, Portland and Seattle) and in Texas (Houston and Dallas).
To capture the city-to-city migration patterns in the U.S., United analyzed domestic moves during the peak moving season – between May 1 and August 31 – when approximately 40 percent of all domestic household goods moves take place.
As the nation’s largest household goods mover, United collects and maintains data regarding its moves. For the last 37 years, United has released an annual domestic migration study in January, and this latest peak moving season migration study offers unique insight into the current city-to-city moving patterns. The findings for the full year 2014 will be released in January 2015.