Trends Reflect Movers' Financial Needs  

The migration numbers are in and some interesting shifts in moving behavior are emerging. In 2016, the most significant trends seem to be developing with retirees and job seekers. 

This is all according to United Van Lines 2016 National Movers' Study which has tracked migration patterns annually on a state-by-state basis since 1977. For 2016, the study is based on household moves handled by United within the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. This study ranks states based off the inbound and outbound percentages of total moves in each state.

"For 40 years, United Van Lines has been tracking which states people are moving to and from. We also survey our customers to understand why they are moving from state-to-state,” said Melissa Sullivan, director of marketing communications at United Van Lines. 

"As the nation’s largest household goods mover, the data we collect is reflective of national migration trends."

Retirees Following Tax Incentives 

“This year’s data clearly reflects retirees’ location preferences. We are seeing more retirees than ever decide to relocate, and as a result, new retirement hubs are popping up in Western states, said Michael Stoll, economist, professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Interestingly enough, these retirees are leaving at such a fast pace that the movement of millennials to urban areas in the Midwest and Northeast is being overshadowed.”

Job Seekers Finding New Opportunities

Job seekers are establishing their own trends with a number of new destinations making news. As the U.S. economy continues to recover from a series of financial crises, unemployment rates across the country have begun to fall. The increased job opportunities in specific areas have led some individuals and families who want to further their careers to consider relocating.

South Dakota outpaces all others in 2016



According to the United Van Lines’ 40th Annual National Movers Study, South Dakota's inbound popularity outpaced all other states in 2016 with nearly 68 percent of moves being inbound. The state has been climbing the ranks in recent years, increasing inbound migration by 23 percent over the past five years.

Top 10 Inbound States in 2016:

  1. South Dakota
  2. Vermont
  3. Oregon
  4. Idaho
  5. South Carolina
  6. Washington
  7. District of Columbia
  8. North Carolina
  9. Nevada
  10. Arizona

Top 10 Outbound States in 2016:

  1. New Jersey
  2. Illinois
  3. New York
  4. Connecticut
  5. Kansas
  6. Kentucky
  7. West Virginia
  8. Ohio
  9. Utah
  10. Pennsylvania
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