ST. LOUIS, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mid-Atlantic and Western regions
proved to be popular destinations in 2008 for those looking to change their
places of residence. The findings are among the results of United Van Lines'
32nd annual "migration" study, which tracks where its customers moved from and
their most popular destinations over the past 12 months. The findings were
announced today by Carl Walter, vice president of United Van Lines, the
nation's largest household goods mover.
United has tracked shipment patterns annually on a state-by-state basis
since 1977. For 2008, the study is based on the 198,962 interstate household
moves handled by United among the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C.
United classifies the states as "high inbound" (55% or more of moves going
into a state), "high outbound" (55% or more of moves coming out of a state) or
Mid-Atlantic states came out ahead in 2008, with the District of Columbia
(62.1%) reigning as the top destination, North Carolina (58.2%) capturing
third place (dropping from the No. 1 spot in 2007) and South Carolina (56.4%)
coming in as the seventh highest inbound state. And although it's not
considered a high-inbound state, Delaware (54%) showed signs of growth in
While the Mid-Atlantic states flourished, their neighbors to the north
weren't as fortunate. Only two Northeastern states experienced inbound
migration this year -- Vermont (52.2%) and Massachusetts (51.8%).
Across the country, Oregon (55.6%) and Nevada (59.2%) remained popular
states -- both continued to achieve high-inbound status. Oregon celebrated 21
consecutive years of high-inbound migration, while Nevada celebrated 23 years.
In addition, Wyoming (57.8%) topped its own record of the highest percentage
of inbound moves, and South Dakota (57.3%), a recent newcomer to the
high-inbound list, made the high-inbound list for the third year in a row.
Alabama (58.1%) was the only Southern state represented on the
high-inbound list in 2008. Although they are not classified as high-inbound
states, the overwhelming majority of Southern states, including Texas (54.6%),
Louisiana (54%), Mississippi (51.8%) and Georgia (51.2%) experienced more
inbound moves than outbound moves.
The Midwest also experienced positive moving trends in 2008. Missouri
(54%) ended its 13-year outbound trend with a 5.4 point increase over last
year's percentage, while Tennessee (54.6%), Arkansas (54.3%) and Kentucky
(51%) showed positive trends.
The historical data pulled from United's migration study over the past 32
years shows an overall outbound trend for the Great Lakes region. Michigan
(67.1%) again captured the top outbound spot, a title held since 2006. Indiana
(57%) also earned the distinction of being a high-outbound state, continuing a
15-year trend. Other Great Lakes states that made the high-outbound list were
New York (55.1%) and Illinois (57.2%), both of which have been outbound states
since the survey was established in 1977.
North Dakota (58.9%) ranked second on the high-outbound states list in
2008 with a decline of 8.3 percentage points in outbound moves between 2007
Five Northeastern states round out this year's high-outbound states. New
Jersey (58.7%) ranked third in high-outbound states, continuing an outbound
trend that began in 1988. Pennsylvania (58%), an outbound state since 1977,
came in fourth, and Rhode Island (57.8%) continued its six-year outbound
status with a 6.4 percentage point increase in outbound moves, and Maine
(55.8%) witnessed a 4 percentage point increase in outbound moves over 2007.
Another Northeastern state, Connecticut (53.5%), ranked as an outbound
state for the sixth year in a row. Maryland (52.6%), the only Mid-Atlantic
state on the outbound list, retained its 17-year outbound tradition.
While the majority of states are considered balanced, this year's study
revealed that six states said hello to almost exactly the same number of
residents as those they bid farewell. Two of the six states -- Minnesota and
Florida -- are considered perfectly balanced with 50 percent inbound and 50
percent outbound. The Midwest produced a handful of states that achieved a
near-perfect balance in 2008, including Kansas and Iowa. Washington and West
Virginia rounded out the list of states that ended the year with a
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 professionals who observe relocation trends regularly use the United
data in their business planning and economic analyses.
United Van Lines, with headquarters in suburban St. Louis, is one of the
nation's largest household goods movers and maintains a network of 1,000
affiliated agencies in 135 countries. More information about United and its
services can be obtained through the company's Web site at
SOURCE United Van Lines