The Annual National Movers Study conducted by United Van Lines reveals that Oregon was the top moving -in destination, while New Jersey was the top moving out location. Oregon managed to maintain its ranking as a ‘go to destination’ for three consecutive years.
While Oregon clutches to the “Top Moving Destination” title and keeps attracting new residents, the Northeast loses inhabitants for the third year in a row.
United Van Lines has been surveying relocation trends on a state-by-state premise since 1977.Last year’s study focused on household moves in 48 states plus Washington, D.C. The company ranked states as ‘high inbound’ if at least 55% of the moves were going into a state. The high outbound states entered the top because 55% or more of the moves were leaving a state. ‘Balanced’ states were the ones were the difference between ‘move- ins’ and ‘move-outs’ was minor.
The Annual National Movers Study, now at its 38th edition, follows clients’ relocation patterns from one state to another throughout the previous year. The study for 2014 revealed that Oregon is the top moving destination of the year with 66% inbound moves. The state showed a 5% increase compared to 2013. The second ‘move in’ location was South Carolina with 61% inbound and the third was its close neighbor North Carolina.
Ranking on top of the list from 2008 to 2012, now the District of Columbia tumbled to the 7th place after being the 4th in 2013. Last year, the state had only 57% inbound moves. Some new states made it to the top destinations list as well. These are Idaho (56 %), Oklahoma (57%) and Vermont (59%).
At the opposite end, the Northeast shows a moving shortfall. New Jersey ranked as the top moving out location with 65% outbound moves, followed by New York (64% outbound) and Connecticut (57 %). All three states entered the outbound top for the third year in a row.
A different survey conducted by United Van Lines, discovered that most people leaving the Northeast area were retirees. So, retirement was the many reason behind their relocation. The Mountain West had the most astounding number of retirees moving to the locale with almost one in three interviewed people saying they moved there to retire.
According to Melissa Sullivan, director of marketing communications at United Van Lines, last year the company decided to also survey the reasons that led costumers to relocate in another state. She added that as the country’s biggest household merchandise mover, United Van Lines’ dispatch and survey data reflects an exact portrait of the general U.S. state-to-state moving patterns.
Michael Stoll, economist, professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles also commented on the results. According to him, the current relocation trends show long –term migration patterns to the southern and western states, particularly to those where lodging expenses are generally lower, the climate is milder and the employment rate is over the national standard. He claims that Oregon has all the chances to run the top in the years ahead thanks to its outdoor recreation amenities or green space protection.
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