Two weeks ago we reported on in- and out-bound moves by United Van Lines’ customers. This week we report on where Americans are moving based on the perspective of North American Moving Services.

According to the US Census Bureau, some 40M people, or 14% of our population, move every year. Why? New jobs, family proximity, different housing options based upon finances and lifestyles, and retirement.

With data updated through 2018, North American Moving Services determined that the Top Inbound States among people moving were

  • Idaho – 72%
  • Arizona – 67%
  • South Carolina – 63%
  • Tennessee – 62%
  • North Carolina – 61%

Idaho returned to the top spot among inbound movers after falling to the second spot in 2017. Idaho didn’t even make this list in 2013 and 2014. It debuted in the number one slot in 2015 and remained #1 in 2016. Currently, according to the US Census Bureau, Idaho is the fastest growing state in the country.

Overall, Southern states have more inbound moves than other regions. South Carolina has been in the top 3 or 4 inbound states since 2011. North Carolina is best known for its inbound long distance moves while still being a contender in the top 5 for inbound moves. Tennessee (debuting in the 5th spot in 2017), Georgia, Florida and Texas remained constants in the Top 8 for inbound moves in 2018.

The Western states of Arizona, Oregon and Colorado have consistently had more inbound moves that Northeastern or Midwestern states.

In terms of the Top Outbound States in 2018 among people moving, Illinois cornered the top slot for the fourth time since 2014.

  • Illinois – 69%
  • California – 64%
  • New Jersey – 63%
  • Pennsylvania – 61%
  • Maryland – 58%

Illinois has consistently held one of the top 3 slots of outbound moves since 2013. It has held the top spot four times since 2013. Illinois is also one of the highest tax burdened states in the country.

Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York have made the outbound moves list consistently since 2013. Maryland and Rhode Island have gone back and forth between inbound and outbound moves over the years. Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin also go back and forth between inbound and outbound moves.

You may notice there is a possible correlation between state property taxes and inbound/outbound migration patterns.



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