• The average long-distance mover relocated to a ZIP code with home values nearly $27,000 lower than where they came from last year.
  • U.S. movers in 2020 relocated to ZIP codes with homes 33 square feet larger than where they came from, on average.
  • Fast-rising home values and new location options helped movers cash in and find more affordable locales.

Movers that changed states in 2020 moved to areas with homes that were, on average, both larger and less-pricey than in the areas they moved from, according to a Zillow analysis of data from North American Van Lines — a notable reversal of trends from prior years.

The five markets with the most outbound movers in 2020, according to North American Van Lines, were Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. The five markets with the most inbound movers were Phoenix, Charlotte, Austin, Dallas and Sarasota, Fla. Nationwide, the average local home value in the ZIP…

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