HireAHelper, the online marketplace for finding, comparing and booking moving transportation and services, today released results from a new study examining U.S. moving trends and Scottsdale wins the popularity contest. This study is a unique and nuanced view of more than 25,000 moves booked in 2020 to identify exactly where people were migrating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How Was It Made?
HireAHelper examined the origin, destination and distance of each moving job since the official declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic on March 11, 2020. The study also compares year-over-year moving activity between 2020 and 2019 covering the period of March 11th to June 30th. Additional data sources include PEW Research and a HireAHelper user survey carried out in July 2020.
The study resulted in several interesting findings, including:
• 15% of all moves between January and June 2020 were forced by the pandemic
• 37% of people moving due to COVID moved because they couldn’t afford to live where they were living
• San Francisco, CA and New York, NY had 80% more people leave than move in
• Scottsdale, AZ was top city by net moves, 68% more people moving in versus out
• Top destination state by the number of overall move-ins was Florida
• Nebraska, a state without a statewide stay-at-home order, was the only place where more people moved during the pandemic (+2%)
• Idaho saw 194% more people moving into the state than out
“The pandemic has clearly had an impact on US migration, particularly among more densely populated locations and places where political ideology played a factor,” says Mike Glanz, president of HireAHelper. “Our study confirms a lot of assumptions out there about people escaping COVID-19 epicenters, or moving for COVID-19 related reasons – whether economic, political or otherwise.”
According to the data, states with a higher population and a higher rate of COVID spread saw the biggest net losses of moves. Since the pandemic was declared, approximately 64% more people left New York and California than moved in. Illinois, DC, New Jersey, Connecticut were also among states where departures outnumbered arrivals by 50% or more.