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Who Buys Source

Percentage of the following individuals who moved to a new residence between 2012 and 2013, according to marital status: Married (spouse present), 7.6%; single (never married), 16.5%; divorced, 13.2%; separated, 17.8%; widowed, 5.1%.

U.S. Census Bureau, 2014

Between 2012 and 2013, 27.6 million people ages 16 and older moved to a different residence, including 11.3% of American males and 11.2% of females.

U.S. Census Bureau, 2014

Percentage of the following U.S. age groups who moved to new residences from 2012 to 2013: 18-24, 21.6%; 25-34, 20.2%; 35-44, 12.0%; 45-54, 7.9%; 55-64, 5.2%; 65+, 3.7%.

U.S. Census Bureau, 2014

Percentage of the following ethnic groups (age 16 and over) who moved to different locations from 2012 to 2013: White (non-Hispanic), 10.0%; Black (non-Hispanic), 13.7%; Hispanic (of any race), 13.4%; Asian, 12.9%.

U.S. Census Bureau, 2014

Share of household good shipments, by customer category: Individuals, 44%; corporate, 35%; military, 19%; other federal government, 2%.

American Moving and Storage Association, 2014

Research by the Self Storage Association concluded that just under 9% of U.S. households currently rent a self storage unit.

Self Storage Association, 2014

Atlas Van Lines' 2014 Corporate Relocation Survey found that 37% of employee transfers in the previous year involved a trailing spouse that was a wife or female partner, while 20% involved an accompanying spouse who was a husband or male partner.
 

Atlas Van Lines, 2014

According to the 2014 Atlas Corporate Relocation Survey, 22% of the previous year's employee transferees were women.

Atlas Van Lines, 2014

According to the 2014 Atlas Van Lines Corporate Relocation Survey, who is responsible for the selection of the household goods carrier for an employee's relocation: The company that is transferring the employee, 46%; a relocation firm, 22%; the company and employee together, 15%; the employee, 15%; other, 2%.

Atlas Van Lines, 2014

More than 1.5 million storage units nationwide are rented to military personnel (6% of all units). However, in communities adjacent to military bases, military occupancy can be from 20%-95% of all rented units.

Self Storage Association, 2014

Profiling adults 18+ who used a professional moving van company in the past year:

GfK MRI, 2013

Of those adults 18+ who used a professional moving van company in the the previous year, 62.5% were women and 37.5% were men.

GfK MRI, 2013

Adults 18+ who used a professional moving van company in the last year, by age range: 18-24, 15.4%; 25-34, 29.6%; 35-44, 18.5%; 45-54, 12.1%; 55-64, 12.8%; 65+, 11.6%.

GfK MRI, 2013

Adults 18+ who used a professional moving van company in the past year, by income bracket: $100,000+, 37.1%; $75-99,999, 17.3%; $60-74,999, 9.0%; $50-59,999, 7.9%; $40-49,999, 7.0%; $30-39,999, 8.4%; $20-29,999, 4.7%; under $20,000, 8.6%.

GfK MRI, 2013

Adults 18+ who used a professional moving company in the last year, by race: White, 73.2%; Black, 13.5%; Other, 13.3%; Hispanic origin, 12.5%.

GfK MRI, 2013

Adults 18+ who used a professional moving van company in the last year, by region: Northeast, 15.4%; Midwest, 21.3%; South, 38.8%; West, 24.5%.

GfK MRI, 2013

Adults 18+ who used a professional moving company in the last year, by marital status: Single, 30.7%; married, 53.2%; separated/widowed/divorced, 16.1%.

GfK MRI, 2013

A 2013 Epsilon study of individuals and families who moved in the previous year showed that the largest concentration of new movers fell in the 24-34-year-old category, with a household income between $50,000 and $74,999. The report also found that 58% of the new movers were single.

 

Epsilon, 2013

When They Buy Source

The day after Memorial Day has been dubbed "Crazy Tuesday," and is traditionally the day of the year when the self-storage industry receives its highest volume of calls.

PR Newswire, 2014

The peak season for movers is summertime (May-August). In addition, the end of each month and weekends are also traditionally busy, regardless of the season.

American Moving and Storage Association, 2014

May is National Moving Month.

American Moving and Storage Association, 2014

According to research by the Self Storage Association, about 13% of all self storage renters say they will rent for less than three months; 18% for 3-6 months; 18% for 7-12 months; 22% for 1-2 years; and 30% for more than 2 years.

Self Storage Association, 2014


How They Buy Source

The average cost of an interstate household move is approximately $5,630, based on an average weight of 7,100 pounds and average distance of 1,220 miles, and including packing and other services that might be needed. The average cost of an intrastate move is around $1,170, based on an average weight of 7,100 pounds and a crew of four (driver plus 3 workers) at an approximate rate of $200 per hour.

American Moving and Storage Association, 2014

The cost of an intrastate, or “local “ move, is generally based on a per-hour cost for the personnel and the number of vehicles required. The cost of an interstate move (between states) is usually based on the weight of your belongings and the distance they are shipped, plus the amount of packing and other services that you require. Charges for an international move are based on a combination of the land charges between your residence and the ports involved, the ocean transportation between the ports, and any additional customs, portage, or handling charges that may apply in the countries transited.

American Moving and Storage Association, 2014

According to the Self Storage Association, the asking rent for a 10'x10' storage unit (as of third quarter 2013) was $115 a month for a non-climate controlled unit and $146/month for a climate-controlled unit.

Self Storage Association, 2014

According to the American Moving and Storage Association, movers typically offer three types of estimates to their customers -- a binding estimate, a not-to-exceed estimate and a non-binding estimate.

American Moving and Storage Association, 2014

What They Buy Source

Share of interstate moving shipments, by type: Household goods, 71%; computers, copiers and other electronic office equipment, 22%; exhibits and trade shows, 6%; office and institutional (mostly local moves), 1%.

American Moving and Storage Association, 2014

Where They Buy Source

Of the 27.6 million American residents ages 16+ who moved to a new location in the U.S. from 2012 to 2013, 63.3% moved to another residence within the same county, while 20.1% moved to another county in the same state, 13.7% went to a new state and 2.9% moved abroad.

U.S. Census Bureau, 2014

According to Atlas Van Lines' annual household migration study, the states with the highest percentage of inbound moves (as opposed to those moving out of the state) in 2013 were North Dakota (67%), North Carolina (60%) and Texas (58%), while the states with the highest percentage of outbound moves were Connecticut (60%), New York (59%) and Indiana (59%).

Atlas Van Lines, 2014

Atlas Van Lines, in its annual household migration report, tracked the activity of more than 77,000 interstate and inter-province household goods shipments in determining the states or provinces with the greatest number of moves (both inbound and outbound) in 2013. Finishing first was California, with 14,505 total shipments, followed by Texas (13,503), Florida (10,415), Virginia (6,613), Georgia (6,289), New York (6,051), North Carolina (5,814), Illinois (5,768), Washington (5,287) and Pennsylvania (5,002).

Atlas Van Lines, 2014

A study by the Self-Storage Almanac predicts that the top five self-storage rent growth markets for 2014 will be: 1) Austin; 2) Charlotte; 3) Miami; 4) Houston; 5) Denver.

Self-Storage Almanac, 2014

The distribution of U.S. self-storage facilities: Urban, 32%; Suburban, 52%; Rural, 16%.

Self Storage Association, 2014

Based on total rented square footage in 2013 (totals  in millions of square feet), the largest chains of self-storage facilities (with number of locations in parentheses): 1. Public Storage Inc., 143.0 (2,268); 2. Extra Space Storage, 70.0 (965); 3. U-Haul International, 41.0 (1,206); 4. CubeSmart, 33.9 (519); 5. Sovran Self-Storage, 31.9 (471); 6. Derrel's Mini Storage, 10.6 (54); 7. Strategic Capital Holdings, 9.8 (122); 8. StorageMart, 9.5 (134); 9. Simply Selft Storage, 9.0 (118); 10. W.P. Carey, 8.9 (167).

Inside Self-Storage, 2013

Business Trends Source

The moving and storage industry typically generates more than $12.6 billion in revenue annually. The following three areas generally account for 97.3% of revenue: Local or long-distance transportation service, 69.6%; warehousing and storage services, 20.2%; packing and packaging services, 7.5%. 

American Moving and Storage Association, 2014

Gross revenues for primary self-storage facilities in the U.S. totaled approximately $24.0 billion in 2013.

Self Storage Association, 2014

At year-end 2013, there were approximately 48,500 "primary" self-storage facilities in the U.S.; another 4,000 are "secondary" facilities ("primary" means that self storage is the "primary" source of business revenue). The average size of a "primary" self-storage facility is around 46,500 square feet.

Self Storage Association, 2014

According to the American Moving and Storage Association, the moving and storage industry is composed of mostly small businesses (47.8% of companies employ fewer than 5 people; only 8.5% of companies have 100 or more employees).

American Moving and Storage Association, 2014

According to Atlas Van Lines' 2014 survey of corporate relocation policies, 42% of the respondents said their companies outsource the transportation of household goods during a move.

Atlas Van Lines, 2014

Based on research by the Self Storage Association, approximately 84% of all U.S. counties have at least one "primary' self-storage facility.

Self Storage Association, 2014

Misc Source

Fifty-two percent of the corporations responding to Atlas Van Lines' 2014 Corporate Relocation study indicated that at least one employee had declined a job-related transfer in the previous year.

Atlas Van Lines, 2014