A new report from LendingTree analyzed data from LendingTree users to determine pandemic moving patterns of homebuyers in each of the nation’s 50 states. 

The results indicate that 85% of movers, on average, chose to remain in the state in which they were currently living. Texas saw the highest percentage of residents moving within the state at 93%.

“While millions of people moved over the last year and a half, the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t totally disrupt pre-pandemic moving trends,” said LendingTree’s senior economic analyst and report author, Jacob Channel. “Like those who moved prior to COVID-19, pandemic movers tended to prefer staying in the state in which they were already living, while those who did leave usually only went as far as a neighboring state. There are a variety of reasons for this general lack of disruption, including uncertainty about the permanence of remote work, and the higher costs associated with long-distance moves.”

In fact, LendingTree found that even if a homebuyer does choose to move out-of-state, they generally won’t go far. 

The most popular new destination for homebuyers in 27 states bordered the state from which they were moving.

If a buyer really does want to get some distance from their previous address, chances are good they’ll move to Florida, the No. 1 destination for out-of-state movers. 

Florida is the favorite out-of-state destination for mortgage shoppers in 18 of the 50 states.

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