Where in the world are people going?

Where in the world are people going?

Hundreds and hundreds of years ago, the new world settlers moved South and West to make a home.  Now, we are following in our ancestors footsteps, literally. The Southern and Western parts of the United States seem to be the popular place to move according to recent moving trends. Based on the statistics below from the most recent 2010 census, new moving companies should focus on the South-Western trend of the United States.

The Southern and Western regions of the country are growing at a rate of 13.8 and 14.3, accounting for 84.4 percent of the United State’s population from 2000 to 2010.  These two regions finally surpassed the Midwest, which only grew by 3.9 percent. The Midwest’s Michigan actually declined in population by 0.6 percent, and Ohio had one of the slowest rates of growth in the country. The Midwest seems to be the exchange point, where people decide to keep moving West or head down South.

While the West and South are becoming more popular, still over half of the U.S. population lies within its 10 largest states: Alaska, Texas, California, Montana, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Oregon, and Wyoming. Over a quarter of Americans live in three of those: California, Texas, and New York. Coincidentally, Texas happens to be a Southern state, whereas California is a Western state.  Both of these account for the South-Western trend we are seeing in the United States.

While the 10 largest states are home to half of the U.S. population, the 10 most populated metropolitan areas, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonia, San Diego, Dallas, and San Jose, are also growing.  Similar to the most populated states, seven of the most populated cities are in the South and West.

It seems that the most popular places to go are where our ancestors traveled centuries ago. As our population migrates to the West and South, moving companies should follow. Jump on the bandwagon along the Oregon Trail!