Where People are Moving to in the United States


The Lone Star State has again locked up the title of the top Magnet State, according to the annual Allied Van Lines Magnet States Report.

For the ninth year in a row, Texas maintained its dominant status as Most Inbound State on Allied’s report, which uses internal data to track U.S. migration patterns

Texas’ net relocation gain of 1,914 families in 2013 is calculated by the difference between inbound moves and outbound moves performed by Allied Van Lines, one of the world’s largest moving companies.  Texas handily beats Florida, the next most magnetic state, which had a net relocation gain of 1,115 moves.

“Texas has been a strong relocation destination for the last decade,” said Randy Moore, president of All Points Pioneer, an Allied Van Lines agent in the Dallas area.  “We’ve seen newcomers from every area of the country find a home in Texas, whether it’s for the weather, business or retirement.”

Rounding out the top five magnet states in 2013 are Arizona (no. 3), Oregon (no. 4) and Colorado (no. 5).

Biggest Movers in 2013

California maintained its status as Most Mobile State with just shy of 13,000 moves conducted by Allied Van Lines.  However, more of those moves were out of state in 2013, giving California the biggest change in this year’s list. California, which had moved to the inbound column in 2011 (No. 7 inbound) and 2012 (No. 8 inbound) has again dropped to become the seventh most outbound state, with a net loss of nearly 400 moves in 2013.  Other big drops on the 2013 list include:

  • Washington, moving from the 14th inbound to 19th outbound
  • Wisconsin, moving from 17th inbound to 23rd outbound
  • New Mexico, moving from 20th inbound to 17th outbound

Biggest gains for states in 2013 include:

  • Louisiana, moving from 13th outbound to 23rd inbound
  • Massachusetts, moving from 14th outbound to 20th inbound
  • Tennessee, moving from 19th outbound to 12th inbound.

“Overall, Allied’s data illustrates slow and stable growth in the economy,” said Lesli Bertoli, general manager and vice president of Allied Van Lines, Inc.  “We’ve seen a steady rise in the number of moves in recent years, and look to continue that trend in 2014.”  

Outbound States

The top five outbound states remain consistent, as they have since 2010.  However, New York jumps to the Most Outbound State position from 5th most outbound in 2011 and 2012.  Rounding out the top five are Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan and New Jersey.

Canadians on the Move

Canadian province British Columbia was the only strongly attractive province in the Allied data, and Ontario experienced the largest net loss of moves, making it the number one outbound province.

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.

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