NY Metro and CT Surge in Outbound Moves

At Clancy, we pride ourselves on our ability to professionally handle any relocation and/or special request we are presented with. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our qualified team of full-service movers, dispatchers, and office staff conquered an intense migration out of the top 5 major metropolitan areas and to destination states further South or West.  As a licensed transportation and logistics provider, we received classification as an "Essential Business" and have remained open and fully operational.

We also accommodated half of the total cities with the largest outbound movement in our primary territories of NY, CT, and NJ.

Earlier this year United Van Lines launched its 44th annual migration study, which tracks where and why people moved in 2020. This year’s study illustrated Americans continue to move westbound and southbound – and the COVID-19 pandemic factored into and accelerated many of those decisions to move.

United Van Lines also conducts a survey examining the reasons behind Americans’ migration patterns as a companion to the study’s findings. This year’s survey results indicated 40% of Americans who moved did so for a new job or job transfer (down from prior years), and more than one in four (27%) moved to be closer to family (which is significantly up over prior years).

Throughout the pandemic in 2020, major metropolitan areas and hotspots, such as New York City (72%), Newark (72%), and Chicago (69%), experienced greater outbound migration, while lower-density cities like Wilmington, North Carolina (79%) and Boise, Idaho (75%) saw high levels of inbound moves.  For a full list of the top inbound and outbound cities, continue reaching below.

The top inbound states (with 250 moves or more) of 2020 were:

  1. Idaho
  2. South Carolina
  3. Oregon
  4. South Dakota
  5. Arizona
  6. North Carolina
  7. Tennessee
  8. Alabama
  9. Florida
  10. Arkansas

The top outbound states for 2020 were:

  1. New Jersey
  2. New York
  3. Illinois
  4. Connecticut
  5. California
  6. Kansas
  7. North Dakota
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Ohio
  10. Maryland

How to use the interactive map below:  Click on the image for additional details about each state's move activity.  

To understand inbound and outbound percentages for each state, use the legend. To view reasons for moving and demographic data, select the year and state that you would like to view using the dropdown menus. (If you are using a desktop computer, you can use your mouse to click and select a state.) Please note that percentages pertaining to demographic data may not always total 100% due to respondents having the ability to opt-out of answering survey questions and/or to select more than one survey response per question.

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