There are several reasons for people to pack up and move to another state. Whether it be due to employment, school, family, economy, or retirement, this study released by United Van Lines shows which states had the highest amount of transition from people moving in – and people moving out.
“We’ve been tracking the number of inbound and outbound domestic moves for nearly 40 years, and through our study are able to identify the states that are attracting or losing residents,” said Carl Walter, vice president of United Van Lines.
New Jersey (62 percent) beat last year’s top state from last year, Illinois (60 percent), reclaiming the top spot for the highest outbound migration. “New Jersey has been suffering from deindustrialization for some time now, as manufacturing moved from the Northeast to the South and West,” says economist Michael Stoll, professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. “And because it’s tied to New York, the high housing costs may also be pushing people out.”
Most of the states people are deciding to move out of are located in the Northeast and Great Lake regions. This trend is most likely due to the economic status of the surrounding area. However, Michigan finally had good positive outcome from the study. After 16 consecutive years at or near the top of the outbound list, the Great Lakes State appeared in the “balanced” category for 2013, with roughly the same number of people moving in as moving out.
“Business incentives, industrial growth and relatively lower costs of living are attracting jobs and people to the Southeastern and Western states such as South Dakota, Colorado and Texas,” said Michael Stoll, economist, professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. “We’re also seeing continued migration to the Pacific Northwest as young professionals and retirees are drawn to amenities including public transit, green space and the local arts and entertainment scene.”
Here are the rankings from the United Van Lines study: