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Study: Retirees Leaving Sand and Sun For Western Mountains


Since 1977, United Van Lines has tracked migration patterns of people moving, annually,on a state-by-state basis. This year, South Dakota narrowly overtakes Oregon, which held the top spot for the previous three years, as the nation’s “Top Moving Destination.” This is the first time South Dakota has held the number one spot.

Vermont inched out Oregon for the number two position, with Oregon rounding out the top three.

The Northeast continues to experience a moving deficit with New Jersey (63 percent outbound), New York (63 percent) and Connecticut (60 percent) making the list of top outbound states for the second consecutive year. Pennsylvania (56 percent) also joined the top outbound list this year.

“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.

“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 and Southern states,” said Michael A. Stoll, economist, professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles.

United Van Lines’ 40th Annual National Movers Study 
The top inbound states of 2016 were:

South Dakota
South Carolina
District of Columbia
North Carolina
South Dakota is the most popular moving destination of 2016 with nearly 68 percent of moves to and from the state being inbound.

Moving Out
The top outbound states for 2016 were:

New Jersey
New York
West Virginia

Several states gained approximately the same number of residents as those that left. This list of “balanced” states includes California, New Mexico and Delaware. Delaware appeared on the balanced list for the second consecutive year.


SOURCE United Van Lines


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