Every year, thousands of US residents choose to move across state lines. Some residents move for work, while others are retirees looking for the perfect place to spend their golden years. While some states have experienced a huge influx of population, others have lost more residents that they’ve gained. If you’re curious about where most Americans are moving, United Van Lines conducts a survey every year to see which states have the largest inbound population. In their 41st annual survey in 2017, they learned that many Americans are moving to Mountain West states. These states are especially popular with retirees. If you’re wondering which states are the most popular, here are the 10 states that gained the largest influx of new residents in 2017.
The Green Mountain State is the only Northeastern state that received a high inbound population in 2017. According to United Van Lines’ survey, 68% of moves in Vermont were inbound, and only 32% were outbound, meaning Vermont gained far more residents than it lost. Retirees are one of the largest groups moving into Vermont—in total, 28.57% of inbound moves were retirees. Many people also moved to Vermont for the state’s lifestyle—25% of moves were for this reason. Vermont also gained many new residents in 2016. According to the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, 3.4% of Vermont residents moved to the state in 2016, which is a higher percentage than many other states. In recent years, Vermont has become a very popular state to move to.
The state of Oregon also gained many new residents in 2017. In total, 65% of moves in Oregon were inbound, and only 35% were outbound. One of the main reasons people moved to Oregon was for a job—48.86% of people moved to the state for this reason. Plus, 24.10% moved to the state to be closer to family, and 15.96% moved there for retirement. Oregon has tons to offer its new residents. Business Insider ranked Oregon as the sixth-best state to live in 2018 because of its high employment rate and high GDP growth rate. Many of the state’s major cities also have high Livability rankings. Portland has a Livability ranking of 68, and Eugene has a Livability ranking of 71, which puts it in the 67th percentile for the whole country. For these reasons and many more, many people are choosing to move to Oregon.
The state of Idaho is another Mountain West state that gained far more residents than it lost in 2017. In total, 63% of moves in Idaho were inbound, and 37% were outbound. Of this 63% percent, 32% moved to the state for a new job, and 25.33% moved to Idaho for retirement. Sixty-six percent of people who moved the state in 2017 were 55 or older. One of the reasons why so many retirees are going to Idaho is because of its low cost of living and beautiful scenery. The state has tons to offer people who love going hiking, fishing, or skiing. Because of that, many people have chosen to move to Idaho in recent years. In 2016, Idaho also experienced a large population boost, with 4.3% of the state’s population moving in that year.
The Silver State also received many new residents in 2017. Overall, 61% of the moves in Nevada were inbound, and 39% were outbound. The main reason people moved to Nevada was for a job, with 36.36% of people moving to the state for that reason. Plus, 33.97% of residents moved to the state to retire, and 63.54% of people who moved to the state are 55 or older. According to Business Insider, Nevada has a high employment rate and a high business growth rate. Many people also choose to move to Nevada because of its low cost of living, its low taxes, and its endless entertainment options. The beautiful desert state of Nevada has tons to offer its residents. Because of that, it has gained many new residents in recent years.
5) South Dakota
The Mount Rushmore State is another Mountain West state that gained more residents than it lost in 2017. Overall, 61% of moves were inbound, and 39% of moves were outbound. Many people moved to South Dakota for a job, with 64.71% moving to the state for that reason. A good number of people moved to South Dakota for retirement, with 14.71% of people coming for that reason. South Dakota has lots to offer its new residents. The state is a good choice for people who love the great outdoors—residents can spend time hiking in stunning Badlands National Park and Custer State Park. The state is also home to beautiful small cities and towns that are full of friendly people. For these reasons and more, South Dakota has attracted lots of new residents in the past few years.
This Pacific Northwest state was another popular choice for people moving in 2017. Here, 59% of moves were inbound, and 41% were outbound. Many people moved to Washington for a job, with 51.29% moving to the state for that reason. Plus, 15.09% of people moved to the state to retire. People of all ages moved to Washington. Around 22.12% of people who moved in are 18 to 34, and 22.58% are 65 or older. In 2016, Washington also has a large amount of people move into the state—3.6% of residents had lived in a different state the previous year. According to Business Insider, Washington has one of the best economies in the country, and it has a very high business growth rate. Washington has tons to offer its new residents.
7) South Carolina
The Palmetto State is a popular choice for people who want to move to the Southern United States. In total, 57% of moves in this state were inbound, and 43% were outbound. About 33.42% of people surveyed moved to South Carolina to retire, and 38.34% moved to the state for a job. There are tons of great reasons to move to South Carolina, from its warm weather to its stunning beaches. South Carolina also has a low cost of living of 92.60 out of 100, which is about 8% lower than the national average. Many people have chosen to move to South Carolina in the past few years—about 3.4% of South Carolinians moved to the state in 2016. South Carolina’s natural beauty and low cost of living attracts many new residents.
8) North Carolina
The state of North Carolina is another Southern state that has experienced an influx of new residents. Here, 56% of moves in 2017 were inbound, and 44% were outbound. Overall, 54.73% of people moved to North Carolina for a new job, and 21.06% of people moved for retirement. Many people also moved to North Carolina to be closer to family, with 19.67% of people moving for that reason. North Carolina is also a popular place to move because of its booming economy and its growing arts and culture scene. Plus, North Carolina also has lots to offer outdoor lovers, with both amazing beaches and mountainous parks. North Carolina is full of welcoming large cities and small towns with tons to offer new residents. Because of this, many people are choosing to move to North Carolina.
The Centennial State attracted many new residents in 2017, and 56% of moves in the state were inbound and 45% were outbound. Over half of the people surveyed moved to Colorado for a job, and about 20% moved to the state to be closer to family. Plus, 15.11% moved to Colorado for its lifestyle. In 2016, Colorado also received a large influx of new residents. That year, 4.1% of residents surveyed by the US Census Bureau said they had lived in a different state the year before. Many people are attracted to Colorado because of its great economy and high job growth rate. People are also moving to Colorado because of its amazing cultural scene and fun parks. Colorado is a laidback, friendly state with lots to offer new residents.