Monday, January 31, 2011

2010 United Van Lines Annual Migration Study

Highlights from the 2010 United Van Lines Annual Migration Study, released earlier this month (see map above, click to enlarge):

1. In 2010, the District of Columbia (64.3%) was once again the top destination in the United States for the third consecutive year. North Carolina (57.8%) was the only other mid-Atlantic state to experience high-inbound traffic, rising from No. 10 on the list in 2009 to No. 3 in 2010.

2. In the South, South Carolina (56%) appeared on the high-inbound list for the first time since 2008.

3. In the Western, region, only two states, down from six in 2009, captured high-inbound rankings. Oregon (59.5%) once again came in second and celebrated its 23rd year of high-inbound migration. Idaho (57.6%) appeared on the high-inbound list for the second consecutive year.

4. New Jersey (62.5%) claimed the top spot on the high-outbound traffic list. Also in the North East, New Hampshire (55.6%) had the seventh highest out-bound traffic.

5. The Great Lakes region continued to have the highest out-bound traffic levels in the nation, with four of the region’s states experiencing high outbound traffic. Michigan (62%), which was the top outbound state from 2006-2009, fell to No. 2 in 2010. Illinois (57.3%), Ohio (55.6%) and Pennsylvania (55.4%) also experienced high out-bound traffic.

MP: The number of interstate United household moves last year (146,837) was 2.5% above 2009 (143,194), but way below the numbers in 2008 (198,962) and 2007 (212,917). 

9 Comments:

At 1/31/2011 2:01 PM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

North Dakota is High-Outbound. This is surprising given the state is booming with oil and gas production with resulting low unemployment.

 
At 1/31/2011 3:42 PM, Blogger juandos said...

Missouri - high outbound...

Auto and aviation industries are mere shadows of what they were 20 years ago...

 
At 1/31/2011 5:03 PM, Blogger aldom said...

Yeah, I am surprised, like Buddy, at the North Dakota outflow.

 
At 1/31/2011 5:14 PM, Blogger Mark J. Perry said...

For North Dakota, maybe United's "household moves" is not capturing the inflow of workers to the Bakken area, and the overall increase in ND's employment levels (above the pre-recession level).

Maybe oil workers are moving to ND and living in hotels and temporary housing, which doesn't get caputred by "household moves" with a major moving company?

 
At 1/31/2011 5:31 PM, Blogger Dr. T said...

The study tracks only moves made via United Van Lines. Lots of people (particularly younger folks and people living in apartments) use less expensive moving methods. I will bet that moving statistics from do-it-yourself companies such as U-Haul, Budget, Penske, etc. or from cheaper full-service moving companies will show a very different pattern.

 
At 1/31/2011 6:55 PM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

"Maybe oil workers are moving to ND and living in hotels and temporary housing, which doesn't get caputred by "household moves" with a major moving company?"

Makes sense, thanks Professor.

 
At 1/31/2011 8:26 PM, Blogger aldom said...

RE: ND explanation very plausible.

RE: DC, the author of the map knows little of geography. They have DC located at the approx point of Harper's Ferry.

 
At 1/31/2011 11:13 PM, Blogger gadfly said...

The new oil patch workers in ND simply do not have houses to move household goods into until housing construction catches up to demand for oil workers.

On the other hand, there are many newly-minted millionaires among the ranchers there . . . who just might want to go where it is warm.

Only 837 moves were recorded by the movers all year with 487 outbound.

 
At 2/01/2011 11:39 AM, Blogger Junkyard_hawg1985 said...

The outbound flow from North Dakota may be a Beverly Hillbillies effect. You strike oil, you move to Beverly Hills where you can have a cement pond (that is ice free more than three months a year).

 

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