Americans Head West, Southeast; Say 'Goodbye' to Central Northeast Region

United Van Lines Releases 2006 Migration Study

Jan 08, 2007, 00:00 ET from United Van Lines

    ST. LOUIS, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- A strong mobility pattern continued
 in 2006 as many Americans packed up their belongings and headed to the West
 and Southeast parts of the country, while the Central Northeast region of
 the country experienced an increase in residents departing. The statistics
 are among the findings of United Van Line's 30th annual "migration" study
 that tracks where its customers, over the last 12 months, moved from and
 the most popular destinations. The findings were announced by Carl Walter,
 vice president of United Van Lines, the nation's largest household goods
     United has tracked shipment patterns annually on a state-by-state basis
 since 1977. For 2006, the accounting is based on the 227,254 interstate
 household moves handled by United among the 48 contiguous states, as well
 as Washington, D.C. In its study, United classifies each state in one of
 three categories -- "high inbound" (55% or more of moves going into a
 state); "high outbound" (55% or more of moves coming out of a state); or
 "balanced." Although the majority of states were in the "balanced" category
 last year, several showed more substantial population shifts.
     Known for hospitality and gracious style, the Southeast states welcomed
 many new residents in 2006, with North Carolina coming in as the top
 destination (64.0% inbound). South Carolina (60.6%) continued its 13-year
 inbound tradition, while Alabama (57.5%) experienced its fourth year as a
 high-inbound location. Although Tennessee saw less people move in this year
 (55.8% in 2006; 58.0% in 2005), it still captured a spot on the
 high-inbound list.
     Although not considered "high inbound," other southeastern states also
 greeted new residents. Kentucky (52.9%) continued its five-year inbound
 trend; Georgia (53.9%) continued its 25-year trend as an inbound state; and
 Mississippi (50.1%) boasted a 3.2% increase in moves to its state as
 compared to 2005.
     Supporting the idea that Americans still believe there is fortune to be
 found in the West, the Western portion of the country emerged as a top
 migration spot. Capturing the No. 2-inbound ranking, Oregon (62.5%)
 sustained its 19-year, high-inbound trend. While still a high-inbound
 state, Arizona (55.4%) saw roughly 5% less people move in than last year;
 however, Nevada (59.9%) continued its lucky streak of being high inbound
 since 1986.
     Both New Mexico (57.9% inbound; a 3.7% increase) and Utah (56.0%
 inbound; nearly 6% increase) saw a rise of incoming residents as compared
 to last year's data. Idaho's (59.3% inbound) high-inbound ranking has held
 steady for the past 19 years; and Montana (55.0% inbound) retained its
 five-year inbound status.
     Although not considered "high inbound," other Western states witnessed
 increases of incoming moves as compared to last year: Colorado (54.7%
 inbound) continued its four-year inbound trend and had 1.2% increase, and
 Wyoming (54.4% inbound) boasted a 4.3% increase.
     Rounding out the high-inbound list are Washington, D.C. (57.9%), which
 has remained inbound since the first year of the study, and South Dakota
 (55.9%), which enjoyed its first high-inbound year since 1994.
     Some other noteworthy inbound-migration states in 2006:
     -- Texas (54.6%) continued inbound movement since 1989 and saw slightly
        (0.7%) more people move in as compared to last year.
     -- After being outbound last year, Nebraska (52.5% inbound) turned a new
        leaf and has 3.2% more moves in as compared to 2005.
     -- Although it is considered a balanced state, Oklahoma (50.0%) saw a 3%
        increase over last year's numbers.
     -- This year marked the first time in 25 years that Minnesota (51.3%) saw
        more people entering than leaving.
     States in the Central Northeast generally showed an outbound trend,
 according to United's records. Ranked No. 2 on the high-outbound list last
 year, Michigan (66.0%) moved up a spot to tie for the top outbound state on
 this year's list. Michigan saw a 2.1% increase over its 2005 numbers.
     Other Central Northeast states that made the high-outbound list were:
 New York (59.5%), which has been an outbound state since the survey was
 established; Indiana (58.2%), which has been high outbound since 1993; and
 Illinois (55.7%), which has been high outbound since the survey's
 inception. Also continuing outbound traditions, New Jersey (60.9%, outbound
 since 1997), Pennsylvania (57.0%, high outbound for the past three years),
 and Ohio (55.8%, outbound since 1992) saw residents depart.
     Rounding out the high-outbound states, Louisiana (56.4%) continued its
 two-year, high-outbound trend, but did see 1.5% less people leave as
 compared to last year's numbers. Continuing its reign as the top outbound
 state of 2005, North Dakota (66.0%) tied this year with Michigan for the
 state that lost the most residents. The year of 2006 marked the eleventh
 consecutive year that North Dakota has been classified as high outbound.
     Not identified as "high outbound," but following the outbound trend in
 the Central Northeastern part of the country, Connecticut (52.4%) saw its
 fourth successive year of out-migration and Maryland (54.1%) continued its
 15-year outbound tradition.
     Some other noteworthy outbound states in this year's study were:
     -- California (52.4%) saw its lowest outbound percentage in four years.
     -- Missouri (51.8%) continued its 12-year outbound trend and had 1% more
        residents leave as compared to last year.
     -- Wisconsin (53.2%) witnessed its lowest outbound influx since 2000.
     Walter said the United Van Lines study, through the years, has been
 shown to accurately reflect the general migration patterns in various
 regions of the country. He also noted that real estate firms, financial
 institutions, and other observers of relocation trends regularly use the
 United data in their business planning and analysis activities.
     United Van Lines, with headquarters in suburban St. Louis, maintains a
 network of 1,000 affiliated agencies throughout the world. As the nation's
 largest mover, United holds more than 30 percent of the market, which is
 nearly double the market share of the second largest carrier. More
 information about United and its services can be obtained through the
 company's Web site at .

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