America on the Move

The latest trends in moving data

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America On the Move – 45 million Americans move each year, where are they moving?

Trending states: the top 10 states gaining and losing residents

Top 10 gainers
  • Florida
  • Arizona
  • Nevada
  • Virginia
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Kentucky
  • New Mexico
  • Louisiana
  • Oregon
  • Arkansas
Top 10 losers
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Alaska
  • California
  • Oklahoma
  • Minnesota
  • Connecticut
  • Michigan
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts

Fastest growing city: Houston

Houston, TX is the fastest growing economy in the US and the expanding work force appears to be moving in

Out of State moving

Nearly 18% of moves are across state lines, up from 16% only 8 months ago

Most common state-to-state moves

  • California to Texas
  • New York to Florida

Big spenders

New movers spend over $7,400 in the first three months after their move, far more than the average consumer


The USPS spends over $1.3 Billion per year processing “undeliverable as addressed” mail. Data quality problems, to which new-movers greatly contribute, cost US businesses $600 Billion each year

Distance outliers

Longest move

From Honolulu, HI to Key West, FL: (4788 miles as the crow flies)

Shortest move

From Lafayette Street, Manhattan, NY to Lafayette Street, Manhattan NY: (15 feet, across the hall)


  • Updater aggregate user data from September 1, 2012 through April 30, 2012
  • New-mover address date of Updater affiliates
  • Site Selection Magazine
  • Epsilon Data Management, "'Relocation' An Essential Economic Stimulus." February 2009.
  • United States Postal Service, 2011 National Postal Forum Presentation. May 3, 2011.
  • U.S. Census Bureau, "Geographical Mobility: 2011." November 15, 2011.
  • "Data Quality and the Bottom Line." The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI). 101 Communications LLC.