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  • Royal Mail
    22 February 2017
    UK’s first home move map reveals nation’s habits
  • The average distance moved by home movers in the UK is 25.83 miles¹ according to Royal Mail’s Redirection service.
  • Royal Mail analysed over a million Redirection applications from September 2015 to September 2016 to understand the nation’s home moving habits.
  • Using the data, the company has built an interactive map that can be searched by Postcode to reveal the number of moves in and out of an area and the shortest and longest moves. It can be found at www.royalmail.com/redirection-moving-map.
  • Across the country, the shortest move was 0.03 miles – a distance Usain Bolt could cover in around 4.2 seconds - while the longest was 728 miles – the equivalent of nearly 28 marathons.
  • Scottish home movers travel the furthest to their new home – 55.34 miles – while home movers in the North West stay closest to their previous property, moving 19.17 miles.
  • London and the South East dominate when it comes to areas with the highest number of moves. CR0 Croydon, SW19 Wimbledon and N1 have the highest number of home movers.
  • In the last year, there were 3,652 Redirections taken out in CR0 Croydon, closely followed by 3,016 in SW19 Wimbledon and 2,980 in N1 Hackney, Islington and Camden.
     

The average distance moved by home movers in the UK is 25.83 miles – the equivalent of moving from Brighton to Bognor Regis - according to Royal Mail’s Redirection service.

Royal Mail analysed over a million Redirection applications between September 2015 and September 2016 in order to reveal the number of moves in and out of that area and the shortest and longest moves. The information has been used to build an interactive map that can be searched by Postcode: www.royalmail.com/redirection-moving-map.

According to the data, the shortest single Redirection in the UK was 0.03 miles – a distance Usain Bolt would cover in around 4.2 seconds - while the furthest was 728 miles – the equivalent of nearly 28 marathons.

M2 Manchester city centre residents are most likely to stick close to their previous home. On average, movers in the area travelled just 0.30 miles to their new property.

The shortest moves - based on average distance per Postcode² - are:
 
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

It is a different matter for those on the West Coast of Scotland and the Hebridean Islands. IV48 Isle of Skye residents travelled, on average, more than 495 miles to set up a new home.

The longest moves - based on average distance per Postcode² - are:

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

Scottish home movers travel 55.34 miles, while those in North West stay closest to their previous property, moving 19.17 miles.

London and the South East dominate when it comes to areas with the highest number of moves. CR0 Croydon, SW19 Wimbledon and N1 have the highest number of home movers. In the last year, there were 3,652 Redirections taken out in CR0 Croydon, closely followed by 3,016 in SW19 Wimbledon and 2,980 in N1 Hackney, Islington and Camden.

The Postcode areas with the most moves² are:

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, said: “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.”

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ISSUED BY
Royal Mail press office
Rebecca Maund
0203 338 1007
rebecca.maund@royalmail.com

Notes to editors
¹ Distance is as the crow flies
² Based on Redirection data

Royal Mail plc is the parent company of Royal Mail Group Limited, the leading provider of postal and delivery services in the UK and the UK’s designated universal postal service provider. UK Parcels, International and Letters (“UKPIL”) comprises the company’s UK and international parcels and letters delivery businesses operating under the “Royal Mail” and “Parcelforce Worldwide” brands. Through the Royal Mail Core Network, the company delivers a one-price-goes-anywhere service on a range of parcels and letters products. Royal Mail has the capability to deliver to more than 29 million addresses in the UK, six days a week (excluding UK public holidays). Parcelforce Worldwide operates a separate UK network which collects and delivers express parcels. Royal Mail also owns General Logistics Systems (GLS) which operates one of the largest ground-based, deferred parcel delivery networks in Europe.