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January 4, 2019 10:30 AM, EST

Moving Company Study Shows More Residents Left New Jersey Than any Other State in 2018

A study by United Van Lines has revealed that Americans are moving west and south, according to a Jan. 2 press release.

The 42nd Annual National Movers Study found that more residents moved out of New Jersey in 2018 than any other state, with nearly 67% of moves being outbound. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Vermont logged the highest percentage of inbound migration, accounting for 72.6% of all moves.

The report found that states in the Mountain West and Pacific West regions, including Oregon (63.8%), Idaho (62.4%), Nevada (61.8%), Washington (58.8%) and South Dakota (57%) continued to increase in popularity for inbound moves. Arizona joined the top 10 list for inbound states in 2018, with 60.2% of all moves coming in that form.

The Northeast continued to experience an outbound moving trend. After New Jersey, Connecticut (62%) and New York (61.5%) made the top 10 outbound states list for the fourth straight year.

In the Midwest, Illinois (65.9 %), Kansas (58.7%), Ohio (56.5%) and Iowa (55.5%) saw similarly high outbound numbers.

United Van Lines is part of UniGroup Inc., which ranks No. 19 on the Transport Topics list of Top 100 for-hire companies in North America. 

United Van Lines has tracked state-by-state migration patterns since 1977. — Transport Topics