New data released by the moving company Mayflower found that Idaho experienced a higher percentage of inbound moves than any other state from July 2019 to July 2021.
Following Idaho on their list of states with the most inbound moves was South Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, and Florida — in that order.
Mayflower’s data additionally revealed that Sarasota, Florida, saw a higher percentage of inbound migration compared to any other major metropolitan area during the same timeframe.
Major metropolitan areas following closely behind Sarasota were Wilmington, North Carolina in second; Fort Myers-Cape Coral, Florida in third; Santa Fe, New Mexico in fourth; and Boise, Idaho in fifth place.
According to their press release, Mayflower also found:
- Millennials (76%) are the most likely generation to consider moving back to a city they lived in before, compared to 66% of Gen X, 59% of Gen Z and just 37% of Baby Boomers.
- More than half (57%) are likely to adopt the professional sports team from their new location.
- Nearly half (48%) of movers say the proximity to arts and culture venues helped influence where they moved to. Notably, this is higher among men than women (57% vs. 39%) and among Gen Z (58%) and Millennials (65%) compared to Boomers (26%).
- Those in the Northeast (61%) are significantly more likely to cite arts and culture venues as an influence compared to the South (46%), West (45%) and Midwest (44%).
- Roughly two thirds (67%) indicate the weather as a top influence, followed by proximity to parks, green spaces and nature trails (61%).
- Roughly half of movers chose their own region as having the most delicious foods. Aside from respective regions, the South emerged as the second leading response across all regions, with 38% of respondents saying the South is home to the tastiest foods.
- Those who feel they have a hometown are more likely to recommend it as a place to live.
“As the most recognized and trusted moving company in the country, Mayflower moves thousands of families each year, helping them settle into their new homes and begin to explore their identities in a new place,” said Eily Cummings, director of corporate communications, Mayflower. “With a broad network of more than 200 agencies, our recent data also points to the broader moving patterns we’re seeing among Americans during this time of great reshuffling.”
The data was obtained through a survey of 1,000 US adults who moved more than 300 miles during the time frame of July 2019 to July 2021.