Michigan hits brakes on outbound moves


United Van Lines produces an annual Migration Report based on its nationwide moves. Photo via fb.com

Michigan received some good news this week: Residents aren't moving out like they used to.

National moving company United Van Lines released its annual Migration Study this week, which revealed that Michigan is no longer among the top five outbound states.

Michigan now sits in the sixth spot on the list, but United Van Lines was encouraged by the news, pointing out that the state had claimed the top outbound spot every year from 2006-2009. 

The U.S. Census Bureau also reported Monday that in 2013, Michigan's estimated population rose by 13,103 from the year before to 9,895,622, according to The Associated Press.

United Van Lines said the Northeast leads the U.S. in outbound migration, and Washington, D.C., continues to lead the nation in inbound moves.

“As the nation’s largest household goods mover, United’s data is an accurate reflection of the overall U.S. moving trends,” said Carl Walter, vice president of United Van Lines. “Tracking the number of inbound and outbound domestic moves helps provide insight into overall migration trends.”

United has tracked migration patterns annually on a state-by-state basis since 1977. The study is based on all household moves handled by United within the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C.

United classifies states as “high inbound” if 55 percent or more of the moves are going into a state, “high outbound” if 55 percent or more moves were coming out of a state and “balanced” if the difference of inbound and outbound is negligible.

The top 5 inbound states

  • District of Columbia
  • Oregon
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina

The top 5 outbound states

  • New Jersey
  • Illinois
  • West Virginia
  • New York
  • New Mexico

Source: United Van Lines, 2013

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