It’s that time of year again: time to break down United Van Lines’ annual National Movers Study. Every year, for 39 years in a row now, United Van Lines conducts this survey in order to uncover migration patterns from state to state in the US. It’s always interesting to learn where people are moving from as well as where they are moving to. In the 2014 survey, Oregon held the title for “Top Moving Destination” for the second year in a row while the northeast experienced quite an exodus for reasons such as retirement and relocation (though in my opinion, it’s the cold that pushed people away). Now that 2015 has come to a complete close, let’s check out what this year’s survey has to say.
According to the survey, Oregon has maintained its title of “Top Moving Destination” for its third consecutive year followed closely by South Carolina. United Van Lines alone handled 4,069 moves both to and from South Carolina with 2,538 of those moves being incoming families. That’s 62.4 percent of the total! Oregon edged out the Palmetto state by less than 7 percent with a 69 percent rate of incoming moves.
Experts say that growth of the manufacturing industry in South Caroline is a major player in attracting families and businesses alike. The southern Carolina is enticing with attractive tax rates and its “right to work” state.
Similar to last year’s survey, United noted high rates of departure from the Northeast as well as the Midwest. This makes sense since the people moving IN to Oregon and South Carolina are obviously moving OUT of someplace else but there’s more to it than that.
With improved technology, a changing workforce, and increased job flexibility nation-wide, telecommuting is rising in popularity, allowing people to choose where they live regardless of where their job is located. This means that people can move into states with milder, warmer climates, lower income taxes, affordable housing, etc. and worry (less) about unemployment.
It comes as no surprise, as this was a trend last year as well, that New Jersey and New York saw the highest rates of departure in 2015. They are also the states ranked by Forbes with the highest tax burden. Coincidence? Not likely.
United Van Lines is our nation’s largest household goods mover so we know their Intel carries quite a bit of weight. Do any of these trends surprise you? Did you move this year? I’d love to hear your moving story in the comments below and if you’re interested in looking at more of 2015’s numbers, check out the full report.