Does it seem like you have a lot more friends in Oregon right now? Is Illinois emptying out? No one knows this answer better than interstate moving companies, and one big one has just shared what it learned about where we went to live in 2017.
Every year since 1977, United Van Lines has tracked state-by-state migration patterns. Last year, we continued with some ongoing patterns. Lots of people are really hot on the Mountain West, with states like Idaho, Washington, and Nevada all in the top 10 destinations for transplants. Meanwhile, in the Northeast, residents are picking up and getting out of places like Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York.
Some states saw their inbound and outbound movers balance each other out, like New Hampshire and Nebraska. But overall, the reasons people left were overwhelmingly connected with jobs, whether seeking them out, moving for one, or retiring. The cost of housing proved another big factor, as did climate (no surprises on either). But for about 1 in 5 movers, being close to family was the key factor.
The states we moved to most in 2017 were:
- South Dakota
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
The states we left the most in 2017 were:
- New Jersey
- New York