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America’s Long-Distance Moving In 2023

America's Long-Distance Moving In 2023
March 2, 2023

The Covid-19 Pandemic-migration of 2020-2022 has ended, but 31% of Americans are still going to long-distance move in 2023. Most of the interstate moving is going to be north, south, southeast, southwest, east, but not west with increasing concerns of the high cost of living in states like California. Ironically, in a recent survey, the Golden State is still the most sought out state-to-state mover destination.

Historically, career advancement and corporate relocations encourage people the greatest. Managers, C-level executives, and healthcare professionals move long-distance to level up or earn a higher wage to increase support for themselves and their families. While that notion has not changed, the job motivation decreased by about 40% in 2022.

Top Cities Attracting Inbound Movers

Orlando, FL

Austin, TX

Raleigh-Durham, NC

Top Cities Losing Out-of-State Movers

Los Angeles, CA

Chicago, IL

New York, NY


In 2022, Florida remained the top mover destination state with continued momentum of the Pandemic migration. Texas also retained the second slot followed by North Carolina and South Carolina. At the same time, California, New York, and Illinois were the top three states that shed the most outbound movers. Although California remains top destination if cost were not an issue, 2022 out-of-state movers cited concerns of natural disasters like earthquakes, mudslides, and wildfires in their moving decision mix.

The cities/states that gained new streams of inbound movers from New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago were Raleigh, NC, Austin, TX, Charleston, SC, and Sarasota, FL The obvious trend for long-distance movers in 2022 was quality of life, inclusive of lower cost-of-living. The last interesting mover data point for 2022 was that about 60% of state-to-state movers traveled only about 20 miles from their prior home. This was specific to small east coast states like Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Delaware.

Top Ten States Where People Moved from in 2022

  1. New Jersey
  2. Illinois
  3. New York
  4. Michigan
  5. Wyoming
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Nebraska
  9. Louisiana
  10. California 


While interstate movers are heading to Florida cities like Orlando, Tampa, and Pensacola, there is a lot of attraction to move to Sunbelt cities in Arizona like Tucson, Phoenix, and Scottsdale. The continued theme of quality of life, climate and lower taxes are the top inspirations for inbound movers. During the Great American Migration, Colonial’s top long-distance movers have been busy with relocations from Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, and Silicon Valley. While moving families long-distance creates occasional mistakes, about 80% of their customers applaud about colonial’s customer service for nationwide moving.

As a technology-driven long-distance moving company, Colonial offers customized moving services for residential and corporate relocation movers alike. Maybe that’s why Moving.com named Colonial Van Lines as one of the best long-distance movers for 2023. Are you thinking of joining the herd of interstate movers in 2023? Reach out to Colonial at 800-356-1855 and find out how their professional movers helped over 12,000 families move out-of-state last year. Colonial also has a slick MOVING APP designed to support a seamless home moving experience.

About Colonial Van Lines
Colonial is a national moving company brand headquartered in Pompano Beach, FL. For over two decades, The company has focused on interstate, long-distance moving services primarily to residential, commercial, and corporate relocation markets. With additional locations in New York, Texas, California, and North Carolina, Colonial is one of the perennial top long-distance moving companies. You can reach Colonial at (800) 356-1855.