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AMERICA: GET READY, SET, MOVE! MAY 1 STARTS OFFICIAL MOVING SEASON; MAYFLOWER PREDICTS CONTINUED CALIFORNIA EXODUS

 INDIANAPOLIS, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Moving vans soon will become more visible on America's roads and neighborhood streets as the official "moving season" kicks off May 1. Almost half of the 43 million Americans who move each year do so between May 1 and Labor Day weekend.
 "Summer is definitely the busiest time of year for the moving industry," said Rex Swing, Mayflower Transit vice president of pricing and market research, "because of better weather and families with children who try to relocate before school starts again." Mayflower has more than 3,000 vans on the road this summer to handle the load.
 While one fifth of all Americans move each year, it isn't often considered an easy task. According to the Employee Relocation Council, moving is the third most stressful event in life after death and divorce. Average Americans move 11 times during their lifetime, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
 "Overall, moving traffic is up over the past two years, a possible indication the recession is loosening its hold. Between the moves we've completed already this year and the advance bookings we have for the summer, we see some trends emerging," added Swing.
 Swing says the ratio of outbound to inbound traffic for California continues to increase at an accelerated rate over the past year when an estimated one million residents left the Golden State. "In the late 1980s, California's ratio of outbound to inbound moves steadily increased and has continued to increase in the first part of 1993. While departing California residents leave for many points around the country, it appears this year that an even larger share are heading to the states of Washington and Oregon which traditionally have been popular areas for relocation."
 In addition, Swing predicts the Northeast region will not experience the number of losses as last year. While states like Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire are still experiencing more moves out than in, more residents seem to be staying put as the regional recession there slows.
 Other states which traditionally have experienced more inbound than outbound migration continue to increase in attractiveness, most notably the states of Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Montana and Nevada.
 Swing notes that the average shipment size among movers has continued to increase slightly in recent years. "The average move now weighs in at 6,300 pounds. With Americans buying more electronic goods, like computers and bigger TV sets, they are increasing the weight of possessions they take to their new homes."
 Mayflower ranks as one of the nation's leading truck transportation service companies specializing in worldwide transportation of household goods, electronics, trade show exhibits and general commodities. Based in Carmel, Ind., Mayflower Transit is represented by more than 1,000 agents across the globe.
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 /NOTES TO EDITORS: Mayflower Transit offers several interesting story angles with which to report on the traditional summer moving season:
 -- Sara Surface, a moving expert from Mayflower's Fleet Training Center outside Indianapolis, can offer tips on how to plan a successful, stress-free move in interviews.
 -- Mayflower has tips such as a countdown calendar to planning a successful move, packing tips, understanding the estimate process, etc.
 -- More than 13 million children under the age of 19 move each year. Mayflower has interesting tips on how to make the relocation easier for families with children.
 -- Mayflower van operators are completing their rigorous four-week training session at the company's Fleet Training Center outside Indianapolis. Media are welcome to tour the facility to capture interesting visuals of the students learning to pack, at computer driver simulators and mastering the big rigs on the driving course./
 -- Mayflower officials are available for interviews in many communities across the United States. To arrange local interviews, contact Jeff Beckman at 312-266-4550/
 /NOTE FOR TELEVISION ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: Video news release available, looking at one family's move from California to St. Louis. B-roll, graphics also available. Video feed date, April 29, 12:30-1 p.m. EDT.; May 26, 1-1:30 p.m. EDT. Coordinates: C-Band; Telstar 301/Transponder 12 vertical/ Audio 6.2 & 6.8/
 /CONTACT: Jeff Beckman of Ketchum Public Relations, 312-266-4550, for Mayflower Transit/
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