Here Are the Top States We Moved Into and Out of Last Year

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Chattanooga, Tennessee—

 

 

Here’s how America reshuffled itself last year:  An annual study looks at how many people moved into . . . and out of . . . all 50 states.  And because of the pandemic, it looks like more of us headed for wide-open spaces last year.

 

 

Eight of the top ten states that Americans moved to have lower-than-average population density.  So, less people per square mile.

 

 

Topping the list is Vermont.  Just over 74% of interstate moves were inbound.  So only 26% were people moving OUT of Vermont.

 

 

The rest of the top ten are South Dakota . . . South Carolina . . . West Virginia . . . Florida . . . Alabama . . . Tennessee . . . Oregon . . . Idaho . . . and Rhode Island.  (The only two more densely populated than average are Rhode Island and Florida.)

 

 

The most popular state to move OUT of was . . . New Jersey for the fourth year in a row.  Only 30% of interstate moves were inbound.  70% were outbound.

 

 

The top states we moved away from last year were New Jersey . . . Illinois . . . New York . . . Connecticut . . . California . . . Michigan . . . Massachusetts . . . Louisiana . . . Ohio . . . and Nebraska.

 

 

32% of people who moved in 2021 said it was to be closer to family.  Only 33% moved for a new job, which is way down from 60% in 2015.  Maybe because more people work from home now.

 

 

(United Van Lines)