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Trucking Helps 40 Million Americans Move Each Year

| January 8, 2018


American are on the move — big time — and trucking makes it all happen.

“With 14% of the U.S. population (roughly 40 million people) moving annually, migration data trends offer tremendous insight into the business and housing impacts that are occurring throughout the country,” said Andy Kroll, VP/GM of North American Van Lines.

According to the company’s research, trends are compelling:

Top 5 inbound states include AZ, ID, NC, SC & TN
Top 5 outbound states include IL, CT, NJ, CA & MI
The Southeast and Western U.S. states continue to outpace
The first year Arizona has been #1 in inbound moves.
Illinois topped the outbound moves list for the 3rd time since 2011.

Data is based on inbound and outbound consumer moves. Top states are those where the difference between inbound and outbound moves is equal to or greater than 400. See report for full methodology disclosure.

Additional takeaways:

Northeastern states
Connecticut has consistently been in the top 10 of outbound moves since 2013. It was #1 in 2013 and #2 in 2017. Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey have also made the list consistently since 2013. Maine and Rhode Island have both gone back and forth in having more inbound and outbound moves over the years.

Southern states
South Carolina was in the #1 spot in 2013 and 2014, then started to slip down. They were still in the top 4 but lost their top ranking as the state with the most inbound moves. North Carolina beat South Carolina for the first time in 2016 and kept their rank in 2017. Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and Texas remained constant in the top 10 from 2013-2017. Overall, the Southern states have had more inbound moves than some of the other regions.

Midwestern states

Illinois has consistently been in the top 3 positions of outbound moves since 2013, getting the #1 position 3 times. Michigan has been on the top 10 list of states with the most outbound moves since 2013.  Iowa consistently had more outbound moves than inbound until 2017, when it had more people move to the state than out of the state. Kansas has consistently had slightly more outbound moves, as well as North Dakota and Ohio. South Dakota has gone back and forth in having more outbound and inbound moves. Wisconsin was consistently having more outbound moves until 2016.

Western states
In 2013 and 2014, Idaho wasn’t in the top inbound states. Then in 2015 it was #1. It remained #1 in 2016 and slipped to #2 in 2017. It is currently the nation’s fastest growing state, with its population increasing 2.2% between July 2016 and July 2017. Oregon, Arizona and Colorado have consistently been in the top 10, with Arizona #2 for 3 years and topping at #1 in 2017. The western states also have had more overall inbound moves that the Midwest and Northeast.

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