Study: Northeast and Midwest Lead Nation in Residents Moving Out

Posted on Jan 3 2019 - 5:13pm by Jameson Doris


Are you thinking of moving out-of-state? If you answered "yes," there's a good chance you live in the Northeast or Midwest. According to a national study conducted by United Van Lines, nine of the top 10 states with residents moving to other states are located in those regions, with New Jersey and Illinois taking the top two spots.

The annual study—now in its 42nd iteration—tracks the state-to-state migration patterns of United Van Lines customers. The company found that, over the course of 2018, nearly 70 percent of moves in New Jersey were to other states.

On the other end of the spectrum, Vermont had the most inbound moves out of all 50 states. Some 72.6 percent of moves in Vermont were to other locations within the state. The state is also a clear outlier, as seven of the top 10 states with residents moving inbound are located in the West or the South. Here are those 10 states:

  1. Vermont (72.6 percent)
  2. Oregon (62.4 percent)
  3. Idaho (62.4 percent)
  4. Nevada (61.8 percent)
  5. Arizona (60.2 percent)
  6. South Carolina (59.9 percent)
  7. Washington (58.8 percent)
  8. North Carolina (57 percent)
  9. South Dakota (57 percent)
  10. District of Columbia (56.7 percent)

As mentioned, New Jersey and Illinois lead the nation in residents moving out-of-state at 66.8 and 65.9 percent, respectively. And Connecticut comes in a close third with 62 percent. Here are the 10 states with the most outbound moves:

  1. New Jersey (66.8 percent)
  2. Illinois (65.9 percent)
  3. Connecticut (62 percent)
  4. New York (61.5 percent)
  5. Kansas (58.7 percent)
  6. Ohio (56.5 percent)
  7. Massachusetts (55.7 percent)
  8. Iowa (55.5 percent)
  9. Montana (55 percent)
  10. Michigan (55 percent)

"The data collected by United Van Lines aligns with longer-term migration patterns to Southern and Western states, trends driven by factors like job growth, lower costs of living, state budgetary challenges and more temperate climates," says Michael Stoll, economist and professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Also, the National Movers Study revealed that people are most often moving because of a new job opportunity or due to retirement, which may be a key indicator as to why so many folks are relocating to warmer states in the West and South. Agents, where are most of your out-of-state homebuyers coming from?

To view United Van Lines' entire study, as well as an interactive map, click here.

33 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Joe Woodbury January 3, 2019 at 9:06 pm -

    His unfair… Only 4 of the last 7 Illinois Governors were sentenced to prison. Must be the winters.

  2. Ruth Popek January 3, 2019 at 9:15 pm -

    I am a Realtor in Maryland. Be glad to help anyone with relocating to Maryland.

  3. Tina Swonger January 3, 2019 at 9:36 pm -

    Colorado Springs is Growing like crazy- a lot of people from these places are coming here….. I don’t blame them at all- As a Realtor – send your referrals and I will take great care of them! Woo Hoo – Its going to be a great Year! : )

  4. Robin Scott January 3, 2019 at 9:37 pm -

    Wilmington, NC is the place to be. Folks throughout the Northeast are relocating here and commuting to NYC, back into our regional airport for weekends! Refer your clients, the home values are fantastic, it’s a coastal community that’s rich in culture and all outdoor activities.

  5. Miry January 4, 2019 at 2:17 am -

    I see no mention of California yet I know many are moving out to TX and AZ.

  6. Patricia Broghamer January 4, 2019 at 10:10 am -

    I like this news article. I like RISMedia. Happy new year!!

  7. Robin Hilton January 4, 2019 at 12:19 pm -

    Greetings and Happy New Year to all!!

    I am a real estate agent on Florida’s Forgotten Coast. If you have clients who are interested in small towns or resort coastal areas, in NW Florida, I will be happy to assist them.
    If they need heavy traffic areas, shopping malls, red lights and LOTS of people….do not send them to me.
    Our area is all about nature: BEACHES; FISHING; BOATING; HUNTING; HIKING; BIRDING…..
    We do have mom and pop shops and only 1 red light in our Franklin County, and restaurants….
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  8. Virginia Stephenson January 4, 2019 at 12:21 pm -

    Thinking about moving to great area to live and work? Contact me I can help you in Maryland and DC!

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    If you need a referral partner in beautiful Southwest Florida, send them my way. They will be treated like family! And of course you, you will be paid a referral fee! Thanks, and Happy New Year!

  10. Lisa Melby January 5, 2019 at 2:51 pm -

    If you are moving to the great state of California, I have access to the very best lenders and rates available! Call me, 877-685-6631

  11. Michelle Cooper January 6, 2019 at 10:45 am -

    As a Realtor in southern NH I would be glad to help with any of your real estate needs relocation or otherwise.. Our inventory is pretty steady at the moment and our only tax is property tax. Please feel free to contact me for any of your real estate needs in tax free NH. Live Free or Die in beautiful NH.

  12. Steve Wallace January 13, 2019 at 1:26 pm -

    If you are moving, consider the sensational South Carolina Lowcountry. Areas include Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Sun City Hilton Head and areas beyond. A temperate climate, golf, tennis, shopping, arts & entertainment… make Greater Bluffton areas of the South Carolina Lowcountry top destinations. Search Steve Wallace Real Estate, online, to learn more and find a home to call your own.

  13. The Pruitt Team January 14, 2019 at 3:24 pm -

    If you are looking to move to the Nashville ,TN area or surrounding counties The Pruitt Team can help with a smooth move. Contact Jamie Pruitt 615-812-7762 or Linda Pruitt 615-566-4950. We’re waiting for your call.

  14. Jerry & Albanese March 13, 2019 at 3:14 pm -

    The author forgot about high taxes as a motivator to move out of a state like NY, NJ, CN. The taxes are crushing. Real estate taxes are a deterrent to home purchases. Also, the far left and depraved political initiatives are forcing people to rethink living in those states.

  15. Betsy Munson March 13, 2019 at 4:03 pm -

    I would welcome everyone who would like to relocate to the east coast of Florida, Jupiter & Juno Beach and all towns north and south, Vero, Delray, and wherever meets your lifestyle. Coming from Cape Cod’s winters, Jupiter is a wonderful place to be for beach, golf, tennis or just to relax. Dog friendly beach too. Do call me at 561-801-0017. Love to find you a great condo or home.

  16. Sean Taylor March 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm -

    South Florida is still seeing a very strong growth pattern from the Midwest and North East. I cover the Ft. Lauderdale/ Miami area if my team and I can be of any assistance. 954-358-9205

  17. ladwina lancaster March 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm -

    I am a Realtor in the Treasure Valley area of Idaho. Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell and MIddleton. Even though we have many people moving in from all around the country, we still have very affordable home prices compared to Washington, Oregon, California and Colorado. You can live in the city and in 15 minutes be in the foothills walking or bike riding on the trails. Lots of rural area outside of Boise and Meridian if you want lots of space. This area has a growing wine industry with many wineries to tour. White water rafting, snow skiing, boating and many other activities are right out your backdoor. Give me a call if you have clients moving here or if you are a buyer considering this area. It’s beautiful.
    Ladwina Lancaster, Realtor with Windermere Real Estate Boise Valley. 208-484-7065 I would love to help you with your real estate needs in the Treasure Valley.

  18. Kevin Miner March 14, 2019 at 8:21 am -

    I can provide the best to all of your South Florida referrals. Miami, Downtown Miami Highrise Living, Miami Beach, FT Lauderdale and surrounding areas. I’m originally from New York, I’m licensed in multiple states (North Carolina where I’m a Partner/Owner with Two RE/MAX Offices with an A+ Team there) My goal is always to provide service to the point that not only is the client happy but to the point the client tells others, “you HAVE TO use MY REALTOR”. I have built a very successful business with the attitude of “earning the respect of people is the future of my business.” Call Kevin 336-624-6052

  19. Barbara Clayton June 5, 2019 at 4:01 pm -

    As a realtor in Atlanta,Ga. I am pretty convinced many Midwest and Northeast Home owners are moving here. I moved from Ohio in the early 1980’s and LOVE Atlanta. It was the best thing I ever did. Great lifestyle, beautiful city. (but get ready for the traffic) 😉

  20. jerry ahuja June 5, 2019 at 5:13 pm -

    We are in the Heart of Bay Area. Lots of jobs planing to move in to Bay Area to p l. send referrals. will pay referrals fee.

  21. Joe Muni June 5, 2019 at 8:28 pm -

    I help people buy and sell real estate in sunny Naples, Florida. White sand. Calm Gulf waters. Fishing, golfing, boating. The Paradise Coast. Call me if interested in a home or condo in Southwest Florida!

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  23. Richard Hartman June 5, 2019 at 9:10 pm -

    Palm Beach county is the recipient of many relocating northerners, of which I was one almost 30 years ago. Now, many of the folks who then said, “We’ll never move to Florida” are coming. For assistance in locating your place in the sun, contact The Hartman Team at Springbok Realty. We will do you right. After 30 years, you learn how to do that.

  24. Roslyn Casey June 5, 2019 at 9:51 pm -

    Hello from Sunny San Antonio, TX.

    San Antonio grew more than any other city in the country last year.
    If you have clients moving this way I would be honored to assist with any of their Real Estate needs. Call Roz 210-710-3024

  25. Jarl Kubat June 5, 2019 at 11:34 pm -

    I am surprised that California is not on the mass exodus list. It seems like they are taking over the state of Arizona. It is also surprising that Washington and Oregon are on the list of influx states. Arizona seems to be picking up a lot of full-time residents from those states as well.

  26. Lorraine Green June 6, 2019 at 5:59 am -

    As a Realtor in the Orlando area for the last 25 years I have seen a steady flow of people from the Midwest and Northeast to our area. We’re close to Disney and both the east and west coast of Florida, so it’s an ideal location for lots of activities and day trips. My husband and I work as a team and will be happy to help any of your relocating customers. Call me at 407-761-8269

  27. Carole Samuels June 15, 2019 at 11:28 am -

    HELLO O-H-I-O…Many Buckeyes (including myself) have relocated to FL. I specialize in Sarasota and surrounding areas (Including the No.1 Beach in America…Siesta Key). Love to assist your customers and work with you. Let’s talk 330/503.9035 (call or text).

  28. July 27, 2019 at 9:19 am -

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  29. Delmar Bromm August 15, 2019 at 2:42 pm -

    Looks like Indiana (Southern Indiana) statistics show well compared to most of our neighbors; “Come visit – stay a Lifetime”!
    “Just Call DEL” (812) 630-8860.

  30. Delmar Bromm August 15, 2019 at 2:45 pm -

    Sorry I didn’t include being a Broker/Realtor for more than 25 years dealing in Residential, Farms, Lots, as well Commercial. Be glad to be of assistance! Again, “Just Call DEL” (812) 630-8860.

  31. Bruce Miller August 15, 2019 at 3:40 pm -

    Sellers from the top four outmigration states (NJ, IL, CT, NY) plus numbers 6 and 7 (OH, MA) are moving in droves to Naples, FL, the #1 retirement city in the USA! I relocated 19 years ago and love the Naples lifestyle. If I can help your customers relocate to Naples please call me (239) 206-0868.

    • Bruce Miller August 15, 2019 at 3:41 pm -

      Bruce, please call me on 239-919-6968.

  32. Cindy Spence August 15, 2019 at 6:01 pm -

    I’m happy to swap referrals. I’m a native of the area covering the Panhandle of Florida – Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Navarre, Perdido Key, Cantonment and Beulah where the second Navy Federal Campus is located.