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Americans on the Move: 2013 Population Migration

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Americans are on the move, and coming to a state near you. In 2013, a top moving company called United Van Lines performed a survey that measured the amount of citizens moving in and out of each individual state. This is not a newly designed survey. United Van Lines has been tracking and calculating inbound and outbound moves through America for the thirty-seven years. The results of the 2013 survey provide insight into various housing markets, and for some states, there are definitive reasons behind the loss or gain of population. Read on for a look at U.S. Migration in 2013, and see which states’ populations are decreasing in numbers while others are flourishing.

Rising in Population

Many states on the survey have experienced a surge of growth in 2013. States such as Oregon, South Carolina, North Carolina, D.C., South Dakota, Nevada, Texas and Colorado had a majority of inbound moves. Oregon, which rates highest on this list, had a 61 percent margin of inbound moves. The Carolinas followed just behind with 60 (South) and 58 percent (North) inbound moves. Low cost of living, economic and industrial growth and job availability are some of the reasons why these states may been experiencing their sudden growth.

moving vanDecreasing in Population

Some states were not so fortunate in the inbound move department, and experienced an insurgence of outbound moves. Citizens who once lived in these states, decided to move elsewhere. These states include New Jersey, Illinois, New York, West Virginia, Connecticut, Utah, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and New Mexico. The state with the highest degree of outbound moves is New Jersey. The Garden State ranked number one in population loss with 64 percent of moves going elsewhere.

Balanced Population

Some states were fortunate enough to rank in the balanced population, which essentially means business as usual for them. Their ratio of inbound moves to outbound moves was roughly unchanged from the year prior. Some of these states include Nebraska, Tennessee, Iowa, Louisiana and Michigan. Michigan, who had previously been one of the states with a progressively high outbound move ratio for over fifteen years, finally found itself stabilizing with a balanced population.

The Bottom Line

There can be many reasons for shifting populations in states. From job opportunities to local amenities, each state is unique and has its own set of benefits to offer. In addition, scenarios and conditions change from year to year. This survey is a valuable tool to understand which areas of our country are suffering, while others are striving.

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