In many ways, 2021 was just as turbulent a year as 2020. Between supply chain breakdowns,1 a volatile political climate, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ripples could be felt across virtually every American city, household, and industry. And the moving industry was no exception.
So, what percentage of Americans moved in 2021? According to the United States Census Bureau, a total of 27.1 million Americans moved in 2021, so about 8.4% percent.2 This means that 2021 saw the lowest percentage of movers in decades.
We wanted to learn more about these movers, so we conducted a survey of 1,000 people who moved in 2021. Roughly 20% of our respondents moved to another state, an increase of 6 percentage points over 2020. We also found that moving customers experienced shortages during 62% of moves.
And while people’s reasons for moving varied, many moving customers cited political, ecological, and economic concerns among their motivations.
Keep reading and we’ll get into more details about where people moved in 2021, why they moved, and what moving trends in 2022 may look like.