United Van Lines has tracked migration patterns annually on a state-by-state basis since 1977. For 2017, they released a study based on the household moves they’ve handled. What they discovered was a trend of citizens moving westward while the Midwest and Northeast are losing residents.
“This year’s data reflects longer-term trends of movement to the western and southern states, especially to those where housing costs are relatively lower, climates are more temperate and job growth has been at or above the national average, among other factors,” said Melissa Sullivan, Director of Marketing Communications.
The Southern states also saw a lot of people moving in (52%) and United Van Lines found the top reasons for moving south was company transfer/new job, retirement, and proximity to family. Although the Mountain West was the most popular among retirees moving, the top regions attracting movers taking new jobs included the Midwest (61%) and the Pacific West (59%).
The study is ranked based upon the inbound and outbound percentages of total moves in each state.
Top Ten Inbound States of 2017:
- South Dakota
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
The Top Outbound States For 2017 (moving out)
- New Jersey
- New York