United Van Lines, a UniGroup, Inc. subsidiary and the largest mover in the United States, has released its 37th Annual Migration Study that tracks which states its customers have been moving from and to during the last year.
Oregon replaces D.C. at the top of the list in 2013 with 61 percent of moves associated with the state being inbound ones.
D.C. fell out of favor and took a steep dive after being at the top of the list for inbound migration for five consecutive years.
Oregon was followed by the Carolinas with South Carolina at 60 percent and North Carolina at 58 percent. The District of Columbia and South Dakota at 57 percent were right behind the Carolinas.
Inbound moves accounted for 56 percent in Texas, and Colorado scored 55 percent.
Michael Stoll, professor and chair of public policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, said in a statement issued by UVL that business incentives, relatively lower costs of living and industrial growth are attracting people and jobs to the southeastern and western states.
Stoll said the Pacific Northwest was benefiting from continued migration as retirees and young professionals are drawn to green spaces, public transit, and the local arts and entertainment scene.
The pattern of an exodus from the Northeast hasn’t been stemmed. New Jersey (64 percent), New York (61 percent) and Connecticut (59 percent) all rank among the top five states with the highest levels of outbound migration. The other two in the top five are Illinois (61 percent) and West Virginia (60 percent).
The best news in the study was for Michigan, which seems to have finally stemmed the rot after 16 years of migration deficits. Michigan has been moved to “balanced,” which means around the same number moved in as moved out of the state.
Stoll noted that Michigan was moved into the balanced category because of an improvement in its economy over the past two years. Despite having an unemployment rate that’s higher than the national average, home sales and home prices are up, per capita income is up, and the Detroit automakers are hiring.
Apart from Michigan, other states on the balanced list include Alabama, Iowa, Louisiana, Nebraska and Tennessee.