Moving Stats 2014

Ever wonder which state is the most popular moving destination? How about the state people move from the most? Even if this information doesn’t influence your moving plans at all, it can be interesting to see how your state fares in terms of moving statistics!

Luckily for you, United Van Lines compiles this data each year, looking at where customers are coming from, and where they’re moving to, since 1977. How did your state fare? Are any on this list a destination you’ve worked with a Denver moving company to bring your stuff to?

Results: Inbound

It seems Oregon is the most desirable location to those who already live there – 66 percent of moves conducted during 2014 were those moving elsewhere in the state. They held the top spot in 2013 as well, with a 5 percent increase this year. North Carolina came in at number two, while South Carolina came in third.

Washington, D.C. Was number 7, a drop from their number 4 position last year. Other states making the top ten include Oklahoma, Idaho, and Vermont. Colorado just missed the top 10 list, falling at number 11.

Outbound

It seems the Northeast is experiencing an exodus of sorts – New Jersey tops the list of states people are moving from, followed by New York and Connecticut. Are they all relying on national moving companies to escape the extreme winters?

The company conducted a separate survey, showing that the Northeast had the highest rate of retirees relocating to different states, most of them going west. One in three retirees headed west. The rest headed south, presumably seeking warmer climates and more predictable weather.

Even

There were a few states that had about the same number come in from other states as relocated within the state, including New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Wyoming. There’s something to be said about a state people don’t want to leave!

Why Oregon?

If they aren’t retiring there (29 percent of survey respondents), they’re better able to find a job, according to the survey. Employment is abundant, with many new opportunities being made available for job seekers. In fact, 55 percent of people surveyed said they chose Oregon for a new job, or their company had transferred them there.

Some are doing it because the Oregon housing market is much more affordable than that of other states (the survey points to California as a popular state people are coming to Oregon from, since their cost of living is much higher.) When you can save money and easily find employment, what’s better than that?

The rest of those choosing Oregon do so for the lifestyle. It has a healthy, vibrant economy, and the state features the most green space protections and things to do outside. People are moving away from high cost-of-living states to Oregon to save a little green, and heading outside to enjoy all the green space the state has to offer!

It isn’t the state’s schools – their system was ranked 41st in the country by Education Week. It is here where Colorado shines, coming in 21st in the country. Whatever the reason, it seems that going west, to Oregon or Colorado, is a great move if you’re looking for a better quality of life. You just can’t beat the mountains, with gorgeous views and outdoor activities aplenty, fresh air, and wildlife. And remember that these statistics are based on business that moving company conducted, not a national list of all moves conducted by all moving companies.

Planning a move, whether into or out of Colorado? Even if you’re just moving a few blocks away, we can help make that move easier. Contact us today for an estimate!

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