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