Have you ever wondered how many people are moving in the United States each year? What if we told you over 32 million people moved in 2019 alone? What’s even more surprising is that the amount of people moving every year has been slowly decreasing since 2000, whether it’s with a professional moving company, with a rental van, or in the back of a personal SUV. This article is going to break down the facts to tell you how many Americans are moving, why they’re moving, and where they’re moving with statistics from the United States Census Bureau.

How Many Americans Move Each Year?

A lot has changed over the last 20 years. But who would’ve ever expected the number of people moving in the United States to decline instead of rising? According to the US Census Bureau in 2000, the number of people moving in the United States amounted to 16.1% of the population compared to 10.1% of the population in 2019.

Where Are Americans Moving in the United States?

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Out of all the Americans who moved in 2019, 85% of them were moving to places within the state, and 15% were moving to different states altogether. According to the United States Census Bureau, out of all the states people were moving to, the top 6 states were: 

  1. Florida
  2. Texas 
  3. California 
  4. North Carolina 
  5. New York 
  6. Georgia 

Although there isn’t much data on why many people moved to these states, 5 out of the top 6 (Florida, Texas, California, North Carolina, and Georgia) are states with warm weather and abundant sunshine. It’s also no mystery either why Florida is on the top of this list with its warm weather, beautiful beaches, affordable living, and a booming economy — making it the perfect place to live whether you’re starting a family or retiring.

Wherever you’re moving to — whether within the state, to a different state, or to a country anywhere around the globe — if you’re moving from areas around the cities listed below, then Mesa Moving and Storage will help you with your move wherever it is in the United States. 

Where Are Americans Moving From?


The United States Census Bureau also showed that out of all the states people were leaving, the top 6 states people moved from were:

  1. California 
  2. Texas
  3. New York
  4. Florida 
  5. Illinois 
  6. Virginia 

Although this list makes a lot of sense, as states like California, Texas, New York and Florida are some of the most populous states in the country, it can also be attributed to the fact that states like California and New York are some of the most expensive states to live in.

Are you moving from one of these states (or any states in the United States) to one of the cities listed below? If so, then Mesa Moving and Storage have the solutions to help you make your move. This includes helping you pack up your house and shipping your belongings to areas around the beautiful cities listed below or by offering storage solutions in those cities. 

Why Are Americans Moving?

For those who are still moving, the next big question is: why are they moving? The top five reasons for 2018-2019 moving collected by the United States Census Bureau were: 

  1. Finding a New or Better Home/Apartment 
  2. To Establish One’s Own Household 
  3. Family Reasons (not including a change in marital status or establishing their own household) 
  4. Finding a New Job or Getting a Job Transfer 
  5. Finding Cheaper Housing/Downsizing 

Mesa Moving and Storage offers the solutions needed to make your move as easy as possible. Whether you need help to move your belongings to your new home or you need our safe storage solutions to help store your belongings between moves or to store items that don’t fit into your new home when you’re downsizing, don’t worry. We have the moving solutions for you. 

Are You Planning on Moving Soon?

If you’re planning on moving soon to or from one of the cities mentioned above, then Mesa Moving and Storage is here to help. We can make your move as easy, quick, and stress-free as possible. As a full-service agent for United Van Lines, Mesa is the largest agency family in the Mountain West, allowing us to provide flexible moving and storage solutions to meet the needs of anyone moving.

Moving may seem like a huge hassle at first. But with the help of Mesa Moving and Storage, you’re getting an experienced, reputable, ProMover certified moving company. We have some of the most competitive pricing in the industry. So, with us, moving doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. We’ll also be there to take care of all the packing and heavy lifting. So, we can help take responsibilities off your shoulders and provide reliability and efficiency when you need it most. Give us a call today, and then we can help make your move a breeze. 

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