Oregon Tops List For Inbound Movers As They Flee Midwest, Northeast

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Oregon Tops List For Inbound Movers As They Flee Midwest, Northeast

Movers are heading to the Mountain West and Pacific Northwest as those locations dominate where people are moving to, according to a new study.

Among the Mountain and Pacific Northwest, Oregon dominates all states. As a region, the Mountain West continues to increase in popularity with 54 percent of moves being inbound. The West is represented on the high-inbound list by Oregon (65 percent), Idaho (63 percent), Nevada (61 percent) Washington (59 percent), and Colorado (56 percent). 

Of moves to Oregon, the highest ranking western state, a new job or company transfer (49 percent) and proximity to family (24 percent) led the reasons for most inbound moves, according to the United Van Lines' 41st Annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers' state-to-state migration patterns over the past year.

Young professional movers head to Pacific Northwest

"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," Michael Stoll, economist and professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in the release.

 "We're also seeing continued migration to the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West as young professionals and retirees leave California," Stoll said.

The Mountain West was the most popular destination for retirees with one in four movers indicating they chose to move to this location for retirement. 

"For more than 40 years, United Van Lines has been tracking which states people are moving to and from. We also survey our customers to understand why they are moving from state-to-state," Melissa Sullivan, director of marketing communications at United Van Lines, said in the release. "As the nation's largest household goods mover, the data we collect is reflective of national migration trends.”

In 2017, more residents moved out of Illinois than any other state with 63 percent of moves being outbound. Vermont had the highest percentage of inbound migration in 2017 with nearly 68 percent of moves to and from the state being inbound. 

Top states for inbound movers

  1. Vermont
  2. Oregon
  3. Idaho
  4. Nevada
  5. South Dakota
  6. Washington
  7. South Carolina
  8. North Carolina
  9. Colorado
  10. Alabama

Top states where people are moving out

  1. Illinois
  2. New Jersey
  3. New York
  4. Connecticut
  5. Kansas
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Ohio
  8. Kentucky
  9. Utah
  10. Wisconsin

United Van Lines has tracked migration patterns annually on a state-by-state basis since 1977. For 2017, the study is based on household moves handled by United within the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. This study ranks states based off the inbound and outbound percentages of total moves in each state. United classifies states as "high inbound" if 55 percent or more of the moves are going into a state, "high outbound" if 55 percent or more moves were coming out of a state or "balanced" if the difference between inbound and outbound is negligible.

Several states gained approximately the same number of residents as those that left. This list of "balanced" states includes Nebraska and New Hampshire.

To view the entire study, an interactive map and archived press releases from United, visit the United Van Lines website.

 

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