From era to era and century to century, people have been moving. In fact, the average person in the United States alone moves over over 11 times in their lifetime. Moving is stressful, it’s tiring, it’s a lot of work, and yet still we relocate, time and again. From booms in moving trends to busts, people have never stopped searching for the perfect place to live.

Scott’s Oceana Moving Company is the perfect company for your local Virginia move, whether you’re staying close to home or moving long distance. Read on to learn about moving trends throughout history, and contact us today for a quote!

Early beginnings

The earliest known fossil remains of hominids come from between 6-7 million years ago. However, our current species Homo sapiens have existed for around 200,000 years ago, with current scientific evidence pointing to our roots beginning in sub-Saharan Africa. One of the earliest times of moving is shown in archaeological findings that suggest a great exodus from our origins in Africa. From between 40,000 and 80,000 years ago, many Homo sapiens began to leave Africa over an extended period of time, dispersing to all reaches of the world.

Early humans existed through a means of hunting and gathering. Because people were always on the move, trying to find food to survive, the nomadic lifestyle is one that we can speculate to be turbulent by nature. It seems our roots in relocating and moving comes from our nature as earliest humans. People had to be on the move, and have a very mobile lifestyle, in order to survive.

When nomadic tribes and earliest peoples began to take up agriculture, the world was forever changed. By around 9000 BC, humans first began to cultivate and grow plants, as well as domesticate animals. It might not seem like a big deal, but this was possibly one of the most incredible things that has ever happened in history!

When people did not have to look for food, but rather, could find it where they were living, they began to settle down. As tribes started staying in one location, cities began to slowly develop over time, education and society advanced, oral languages evolved into written ones, architecture was developed, and the rest is history. It was almost as if the time saved from searching for food allowed for phenomenal cultural developments to take place. Thanks agriculture!

Moving in the Mediterranean

Movement itself was a huge part of culture in ancient Greece and other areas in the Mediterranean. However, the building of cities such as Athens and city-states like Sparta kept most people having the same home base for the majority (if not the entirety) of their lives. Yet advancements in transportation meant that most people were no longer moving around for the sake of survival, but actually were traveling instead.

Sometimes the purpose behind traveling was religious in nature—the ancient Greeks made pilgrimages to sanctuaries like Delphi to pay tribute and respect to the gods. Others traveled for work, such as soldiers, mercenaries, and traders, and some traveled just for fun. In fact, the ancient Greeks had passports! However, there was a darker side to moving—one that continued to exist for centuries to come—in the form of slavery. Forced relocation has been a global atrocity that has been one of the worst moving trends that sadly continues to this day.

Mid-twentieth century

Skipping ahead a little bit brings us to the middle of the 20th century, where moving began to boom and hasn’t really stopped. In the 14th-16th centuries, a new curiosity and fascination began to take place in the world: exploration. It may seem hard to believe, but the theory that the earth was flat was common for centuries—until people started to question what else was out there. Wealthy countries such as Spain, Portugal, and England began funding and backing explorers to find new lands and worlds to discover. North America was the “New World,” and upon seeing it for the first time, explorers began to take on the title of settlers or conquistadors, building settlements in the places they landed.

Colonization began to take effect, and European countries sent people out to serve as an extension of their own culture and beliefs. Many people from Europe began to move elsewhere, with colonies in North America growing faster than imaginable. People that had grown up in the cramped cities of England and western Europe were fascinated and driven to relocate in the seemingly endless openness of what is now the United States.

Moving long distance to the British colonies settled down slightly during the Revolutionary War. However, another moving influx took the United States by storm during the 19th century. People from countries around the world began to immigrate to the United States, hoping beyond measure that moving to the “Land of Opportunity” would provide them with a good life. Ellis Island and New York City were cultural hubs, seeing thousands upon thousands of new immigrants coming to the country every day. In just seven years from 1845-1852, over 2.1 million people left Ireland alone to move to the United States.

People left for the same reasons they always have: in search of a better life. Whether escaping poverty, war, famine, religious persecution, or even just a grim job situation, people left their homes and family, knowing they would likely never return. They moved to a country with pretty severe persecution directed towards immigrants, where they often spoke a different language and always had very limited rights, but persevered in the hopes for something better.

Present day

Many of the same reasons for immigrating to a new country remain the same. An increase in gang violence in countries in Central America (such as El Salvador and Mexico) have caused many to search for a safer life. But one of the most interesting trends in more recent years has been how many people in the United States move around the country—and how frequently they do so. As mentioned earlier, the average person in the United States moves over 11 times in their lifetime alone. This has been significantly higher than moving rates in previous years.

As an additional note, people in the United States have been moving much more frequently than people in other countries around the world. A study reported that 24 percent of people in the US had moved in the past five years, whereas less than 10 percent of Europeans had moved in the same timespan. The average European only moves about four times in their lifetime, as a comparison. In many countries in Asia, the percentage of people who moved in the past five years is at 5 percent or less. Countries that are more on par with the US include Canada, Finland, Norway, and New Zealand, to name a few.

However, these statistics are more specific to people who have moved. According to a 2017 study, 50 percent of people haven’t moved in the past ten years. For the people who have moved, the population is overwhelmingly comprised of millennials. There are a number of factors to explain this, such as relocating for a job or to attend college. Job changes have been noticeably different in more recent years for people in their 20s. As The Balance reports, “Workers held an average of only 2.1 to 2.4 jobs during the four-year periods of their lives that they were 25 to 29, 30 to 34, and 35 to 39.” The article goes on to state that people in their 20s now are more apt to change their jobs three or four times in the same four-year periods of time.

From 80,000 years ago, to ancient Greece, to present day, one thing has remained the same: people continue to move. People move in attempts to better their lives, and this is something we all have in common, all throughout history. Even if you’re not moving to a brand new country and starting completely over, moving can be incredibly stressful. However, it doesn’t have to be! Work with a moving service like Scott’s Oceana Moving company to make the transition easier than you can possibly imagine. Our professional movers are highly skilled in all types of moves, from long distance to short distance and everything in between.

When it’s time for you to move, it’s time for you to call Scott’s Oceana Moving. Contact us today to get a free quote!