If you bought a new home in Oregon, Idaho, or Vermont this year, more likely than not you came from out of the state. But if your last home was in New Jersey or Illinois, more likely than not your new home isn’t.
This new study, conducted by moving company United Van Lines, is based on the percentage people moving in a particular state who used the company to help them move — either into the state, out of the state, or just moving around within the state. The study includes the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia, but not Alaska or Hawaii.
The state with the highest percentage of movers leaving to live somewhere else was Illinois. United Van Lines facilitated 8,157 moves to and from the state in 2017, and of all of that 63.4 % were for people leaving.
In the Midwest in general, United Van Lines discovered from its surveys, 59.9% of respondents that were moving out of state said they were doing so to follow a new job or a company transfer. Another 17.7& said they were exiting for a retirement location, and another 17.4% moved to be closer to family.
New Jersey is another state people are leaving more than arriving. United Van Lines conducted 4,723 moves in New Jersey in 2017, 62.9% of them to somewhere else. In the northeast—which saw a high degree of outbound movement overall—46.4% of movers left to follow jobs or find new ones. Other reasons, like in the Midwest, included retirement and family.
New York made the top three states seeing a mild exodus, with 60.6% of United Van Lines 8,381 moves there going outbound.
But which states are seeing the biggest influx of new inhabitants? According to the data, Vermont tops that list, which you can see on the next page.
The Top Inbound States of 2017
5. South Dakota
7. South Carolina
8. North Carolina
United Van Lines only conducted 254 moves in Vermont, but 67.7% of them were for people moving to The Green Mountain State. In Oregon, 64.7% of the 3,459 moves were inbound, and in Idaho, 63.4% of shipments were for those moving to the state.
Overall, the number one reason respondents claimed they were moving was to follow a job transfer or a career move. For a look at the states with the highest percentage of movers motivated by work, check out the list below.
Retirement was also a major reason folks packed up and moved. The states that attracted the most retirees are shown below, courtesy of United Van Lines.