Allied Van Lines Announces 43rd Annual Magnet States Report Texas tops the list in U.S. for sixth straight year, followed by Colorado and Florida

CHICAGO, Jan. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Everything's bigger in Texas – including its appeal as a destination for residents in 2010, according to Allied Van Lines' 43rd Annual Magnet States Report released today.  

For the sixth year in a row, Texas eclipsed every other state and took the lead as the No. 1 magnet state in 2010 based on Allied's report, which tracks U.S. migration patterns.  

Texas realized the highest net relocation gain (inbound moves minus outbound moves performed by Allied Van Lines, one of the world's largest moving companies) of 1,640, which is lower than the nearly 2,000 families it attracted in 2009, but it far outpaced all other states. Colorado came in second place, with net relocation gains of just over 400 and Florida, South Carolina and Arizona rounded out the top five states with the largest net relocation gains.

"Today there are more Fortune 500 companies located in Texas than any other state in the union," said Bill Dircks, president of Berger Transfer & Storage, Inc.  "With our branch locations in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, we've serviced a large number of relocations into the state this past year.  A healthy business climate, coupled with family-friendly cities, makes Texas a very attractive place to work and live."

"Allied Van Lines experienced modest growth in 2010, and the trends noted in the Magnet States report are consistent with what we've seen when the economy begins to emerge from a recessionary period," said Bill Lyon, Vice President and General Manager, Allied Van Lines.  "Relocation for employment is the leading motivation for an individual to move."

According to the Texas Comptroller's office, Texas' position compared to other states remains strong in spite of national economic slowdowns.  Thanks to a diverse, strong economy, employment in Texas has weathered the storm better than most other states.  The Texas unemployment rate has been at or below the national rate for 45 consecutive months and unlike most states, Texas is currently adding jobs – up 172,800 jobs from October 2009 to October 2010.

Texas logged just under 9,600 total shipments and ranked third behind California (about 12,300 total shipments) and Florida (about 9,900 total shipments).  California secured its title once again as "most mobile state," with the highest volume of inbound and outbound shipments by international mover Allied Van Lines.

Outbound States

Michigan again experienced the highest net relocation losses (more outbound than inbound shipments), followed by Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Economic woes and a soft housing market are probable causes for this decline.  Allied Van Lines' logged 2,352 outbound shipments from Michigan in 2010 compared to 1,203 inbound moves for a net relocation loss of 1,149.  Illinois experienced the second largest net relocation loss with 1,050 more outbound than inbound moves, closely followed by Pennsylvania with a net relocation loss of 972, and New Jersey with a loss of 699.

About Allied Van Lines

Established in 1928, Allied Van Lines, with more than 400 agent locations in North America, is an experienced leader in household goods moving and specialized transportation services. Allied is one of the world's largest moving companies and one of the established global brands of SIRVA Inc., a leader in providing relocation services to corporations, consumers and governments around the world. For more information about Allied Van Lines, visit http://www.allied.com. Allied Van Lines, Inc., U.S. DOT No. 076235

About SIRVA, Inc.

SIRVA, Inc. is a leading provider of relocation solutions to a well-established and diverse customer base around the world. The Company handles all aspects of relocation, including home purchase and home sale services, household goods moving, mortgage services, and home closing and settlement services. SIRVA conducts more than 300,000 relocations per year, transferring corporate and government employees in addition to individual consumers. SIRVA's well-recognized brands include Allied, Allied International, Allied Pickfords, Allied Special Products, DJK Residential, Global, northAmerican, northAmerican International, SIRVA Mortgage, SIRVA Move Management, SIRVA Relocation and SIRVA Settlement. More information about SIRVA can be found on the Company's Web site at http://www.sirva.com.

Household Goods Shipments





January – November 2010






Source:  Allied Van Lines internal shipment data.  Data is sorted by percent total volume.








Top state for net outbound moves:  Michigan.  Top magnet states:  Texas, Colorado, Florida








Outbound



Inbound


Origin State

Shipment Vol

% Total


Destination State

Shipment Vol

% Total

CA

6,208

9.4%


CA

6,093

9.2%

FL

4,757

7.2%


TX

5,617

8.5%

TX

3,977

6.0%


FL

5,135

7.7%

IL

3,572

5.4%


VA

3,064

4.6%

PA

2,991

4.5%


NC

2,666

4.0%

VA

2,959

4.5%


IL

2,522

3.8%

NY

2,916

4.4%


NY

2,471

3.7%

NC

2,478

3.7%


GA

2,286

3.4%

MI

2,352

3.5%


AZ

2,249

3.4%

WA

2,156

3.3%


WA

2,249

3.4%

OH

2,103

3.2%


CO

2,190

3.3%

NJ

2,059

3.1%


PA

2,019

3.0%

GA

1,983

3.0%


OH

1,932

2.9%

AZ

1,879

2.8%


SC

1,611

2.4%

CO

1,786

2.7%


MD

1,489

2.2%

TN

1,441

2.2%


NJ

1,360

2.1%

MD

1,361

2.1%


MA

1,351

2.0%

SC

1,237

1.9%


TN

1,343

2.0%

MA

1,234

1.9%


MN

1,209

1.8%

MN

1,232

1.9%


MI

1,203

1.8%

CT

1,168

1.8%


CT

1,066

1.6%

WI

1,068

1.6%


OR

1,026

1.5%

IN

1,002

1.5%


WI

1,004

1.5%

NV

964

1.5%


MO

955

1.4%

MO

933

1.4%


KY

925

1.4%

IA

817

1.2%


NV

902

1.4%

OK

794

1.2%


IN

839

1.3%

KY

758

1.1%


AL

816

1.2%

KS

740

1.1%


UT

814

1.2%

AL

731

1.1%


IA

730

1.1%

UT

726

1.1%


LA

713

1.1%

OR

672

1.0%


OK

610

0.9%

LA

625

0.9%


KS

589

0.9%

NM

471

0.7%


NM

570

0.9%

DE

404

0.6%


DC

463

0.7%

ME

386

0.6%


ID

461

0.7%

ID

353

0.5%


AR

433

0.7%

NE

347

0.5%


MS

379

0.6%

WV

346

0.5%


NE

371

0.6%

MS

334

0.5%


DE

351

0.5%

DC

321

0.5%


WV

319

0.5%

AR

293

0.4%


NH

304

0.5%

NH

259

0.4%


ME

299

0.5%

ND

242

0.4%


MT

296

0.4%

SD

190

0.3%


RI

242

0.4%

RI

181

0.3%


SD

205

0.3%

WY

178

0.3%


ND

197

0.3%

MT

159

0.2%


WY

173

0.3%

VT

138

0.2%


VT

163

0.2%

AK

20

0.0%


AK

27

0.0%

Total

66,301

100.0%


Total

66,301

100.0%



SOURCE Allied Van Lines



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