Americans largely moved to 'low-density' states in 2021: Study
Here are states that had high migration numbers in 2021, according to United Van Lines
Americans moved around a lot in 2021, and some states seem to be more popular than others.
National moving company United Van Lines released its 45th annual National Movers Study on Monday, which analyzed internal customer data.
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According to United Van Lines, "Americans were on the move to lower-density areas and to be closer to their families throughout last year."
The 10 U.S. states that came out on top for move-ins were Vermont, South Dakota, South Carolina, West Virginia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Oregon, Idaho and Rhode Island. Maine, New Mexico and Utah were close runner-ups.
With an exception to Florida and Rhode Island, Census data shows that eight out of the 10 "top inbound" states United Van Lines identified are in the top 25 least densely populated states.
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United Van Lines’ customer base cited a variety of reasons for their out-of-state moves, which included quality of life factors like retirement, health, family, work and costs.
According to the study’s findings, about 31.8% of Americans moved to be closer to their family while about 32.5% moved for a new job or job transfer. The study also found that Gen X retirees sought out smaller towns instead of populated cities. For example, new retirees who moved to Florida in 2021 largely chose areas like Punta Gorda, Sarasota and Fort Myers-Cape Coral over Orlando or Miami.
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The moving company sent its findings for review to Michael A. Stoll, an economist and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. It went on to cite a statement from Stoll in its press release.
"This new data from United Van Lines is indicative of COVID-19's impact on domestic migration patterns, with 2021 bringing an acceleration of moves to smaller, midsized towns and cities," Stoll said. "We're seeing this not only occur because of Americans' desire to leave high-density areas due to risk of infection, but also due to the transformation of how we're able to work, with more flexibility to work remote."
When it comes down to which states saw the highest number of move-outs in 2021, United Van Lines said Americans largely left New Jersey, Illinois, New York, Connecticut, California, Michigan, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Ohio and Nebraska.
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To see the full National Movers Study, visit UnitedVanLines.com.