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Interesting facts about moving

  • 934 Home Openers: One-sixth of all Americans, approximately 17 percent of the total U.S. population, move each year. Those estimated 43 million people could fill St. Louis’ Busch Stadium 934 times. (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • The average size of a Mayflower interstate shipment is 6,900 pounds approximately equivalent to 22,080 Major League baseballs. (Mayflower Transit)
  • The average distance of a Mayflower move is approximately the distance from New York City to Des Moines, Iowa, or 1,100 miles, which equals 21,511 homeruns in a Major League Baseball stadium.
  • The typical moving customer is a married couple between the ages 25 and 44, with one or two children between the ages of 2 and 11. (Mayflower Transit)
  • Approximately 40 percent of all moves are job-related, 35 percent are due to retirement and 25 percent are because of other personal reasons. (Mayflower Transit)
  • The reason people (about 31 percent) are most likely to choose their new neighborhoods is convenience to their job. (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Five years after college graduation, 30 percent of graduates no longer live in the state where they attended college, and 35 percent no longer live in the state where they went to high school. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • An estimated 13 million children up to age 19 move each year. The number of students enrolled in elementary and high school matches the record set in 1979 when “baby boom” children were attending school. (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Moving is the third most stressful event in life, following death and divorce. (Employee Relocation Council)
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