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Based on around 100,000 registrations for conveyancing, home removals and home surveys last year, has created its annual UK Moving Trends report on the most (and least!) attractive regions to move to in the UK, as well as areas that experience the most amounts of moves per population.

Most popular places to live

• The South West of England remains a very attractive place for Britons to migrate to with Torquay statistically the most popular place to move to with 48 per cent more moves to the area than away from it.
• Other South West destinations such as Truro (44 per cent), Bournemouth (40 per cent) and Dorchester (36 per cent) also rank highly.

“Stickiest” places in the UK

• Newcastle upon Tyne and Newport postcode regions are the areas that retain the highest percentage of home movers i.e. those who move and stay within the same postcode region.

Leaving it all behind

• The city of London experienced a continued exodus of its residents. The North West (NW) London postcode was hit particularly hard with 44 per cent fewer residents moving into the region than those moving from it.

Who has itchy feet?

• The Hertfordshire postcode of AL and the Surrey region of GU were the postcode regions with the highest number of movers per population in 2012 with 72 and 68 per cent more moves than the national average respectively.
o AL – (covering St Albans, Harpenden, Hatfield and surrounding areas)
o GU – (covering Guildford, Chichester and the surrounding areas of East Hampshire)

Rosemary Rogers, director of, commented:

“Once again the South West of England proves to be the popular destination for movers. As in our 2011 report, Newcastle remains at the top of the table for its residents moving locally within the region.

“However, the areas with the most house moves per population focus on the London commuter towns of St Albans, Guildford and Reading. Possibly due to the sustained property prices, London remains at the top of the league table for its residents looking for quotes to move out of the area to regions where the property prices have not been quite so resilient.”


This scale of UK-wide moving data is unique to and is the only way of showing where people are moving between and the UK’s internal migration.

The data is based on actual home move events, and not just on how desirable a location is (or isn’t!).

The UK Moving Trends is based on around 100,000 registrations for quotes for moving services at, such as conveyancing, home removals and home surveys in 2012.

About was launched in November 1999, and has become the UK’s leading provider of free instant online quotes for home-moving services. The site provides instant quotes for a variety of services including domestic removals, conveyancing solicitors, surveyors and Scottish Home Reports with a choice of local and national providers.

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For further media enquiries regarding the 2012 UK Moving Trends contact Rosemary Rogers, Director, – E-mail:, Tel: 01727 238010.

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