How far is the average house move?

Royal Mail analyses address forwarding applications; finds the average is just short of a marathon

After analysing over a million postal redirection applications – not a dataset we see used that often in property – Royal Mail has come up with some diverting stats on how far people tend to move when they move.

Turns out the average distance last year – as the proverbial crow flies – was 25.83 miles, which is about the same as upping sticks from Brighton to Bognor Regis. The shortest distance recorded was 0.03 miles, which hardly seems worth it, while the longest was 728 miles.

According to the research, Scottish home movers travel the furthest to their new home, averaging 55.34 miles, while home movers in the North West stay closest to their previous property, moving just 19.17 miles on average.

Here’s where people tend to stick close…

Postcode moved from (Average distance in miles)

  • M2 – Manchester city centre (0.30)
  • WC2R – Westminster (2.06)
  • WC1V – High Holborn, London (2.42)
  • PE35 – Sandringham (2.50)
  • WC1R – Gray’s Inn, London (3.17)
  • PA45 – Isle of Islay (3.20)
  • EC3R – Billingsgate, London (3.48)
  • EC3M – City of London (3.50)
  • BN52 – Hove (3.63)
  • BT65 – Craigavon (4.00)

And here’s the other end of the scale…

Postcode moved from (Average distance in miles)

  • IV48 – Isle of Skye (495.3)
  • IV53 – Strome Ferry (458.5)
  • PH39 – Arisaig (337.6)
  • HS4 – Isle of Scalpay (291)
  • TR25 – Isle of Scilly (257.5)
  • IV47 – Isle of Skye (248.6)
  • PA48 – Isle of Islay (235.7)
  • TR24 – Isle of Scilly (229.3)
  • HS3 – Isle of Scalpay (229.3)
  • IV54 – Strathcarron (227.8)

Postcode areas with the most moves…

Postcode and area (Total number of moves, including moves within the same Postcode)

  • CR0 – Croydon (3,652)
  • SW19 – Wimbledon (3,016)
  • N1 – Hackney, Islington, Camden (2,980)
  • SW18 – Wandsworth (2,805)
  • SW11 – Battersea, Clapham (2,761)
  • E14 – Tower Hamlets (2,520)
  • SE1 – Southwark (2,501)
  • BN3 – Hove (2,474)
  • E17 – Waltham Forest (2,464)
  • SW15 – Kingston upon Thames, Richmond (1,390)

Jim Conning, Managing Director of Data Services at Royal Mail: “Royal Mail redirects millions of letters and parcels every day, making sure that important documents and personal information follow home movers wherever they move to. This map paints a picture of where people are moving to and from providing a unique insight into the distances we travel in order to find the perfect home.”

Royal Mail has built quite a fun interactive map if you’re having a particularly slow Monday. Check it out here.