If you’re considering shaking things up by moving to a new area, you’re not alone. Some 26.4 million people in the United States moved in 2021, according to a recent report from HireAHelper. And those weren’t just moves to a new place close to their existing homes. In 2021, the percentage of moves to a different state (17%) or different county (40%) were the highest they’ve been since the early 2000s.
In January 2022, a record 32.4% of Redfin.com users across the country were interested in moving to a different metro area. That’s an increase from the previous high of 31.5% in the first quarter of 2021, and much higher than the rate of about 25% of users looking to relocate before the pandemic.
According to a recent survey conducted by Vox Media and research company Corus of more than 2,000 Americans who recently moved, 72% of respondents said they moved because they desired some type of change, like an interest in a different lifestyle or to get a fresh start. And where are people finding that change?
If a move to another city is seriously on your radar, it’s also a good idea to get a sense of what daily life is like for the folks who live here. Explore the different neighborhoods to see where you might like to call home. Get an inkling of what’s available when it comes to everyday essentials like grocery stores or good spots for walking the dog or getting some exercise. Talk with people you encounter while shopping or grabbing coffee to see why they choose to live here.
When you’re ready to take things further, visit the area and pick up a great relocation guide with all kinds of resources to help you make your move. You can order a relocation packet online to find information about local real estate agents, the county’s A-rated public schools, and career opportunities in the area.
Plan a trip here to see all that the city has to offer for both a vacation and a relocation. So relocators originally come to their new city for just a visit, and then quickly realized they wanted to make that visit more permanent.