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Where in the US are Americans Moving?

United Van Line’s 45th Annual Movers Study was released this month and contains some new trends in US migration patterns. In particular, South Carolina was listed in the top 3 states with the highest percentage of inbound migration.

Overall, the data indicates Americans are moving away from densely populated cities to lower-density areas.

The following map indicates the 5 states with the largest percentage of inbound migration (blue) and the 5 states with the highest percentage of outbound migration (red). Vermont (74%), South Dakota (69%), South Carolina (63%), West Virginia (63%) and Florida (62%) ranked high as popular new destinations, while Americans appear to be leaving New Jersey (71%), Illinois (67%), New York (63%), Connecticut (60%) and California (59%) at a faster rate than other states.

States with outbound migration are noted in red, states with inbound migration are noted in blue.

The United Van Line also examined mover motivation in their study. They found an increased desire to be near family and a decrease in job-related moves. Specifically, 32% of Americans moved in 2021 for a new job or job transfer, a drastic decrease from the 60% cited in 2015.

To learn more about United States migration patterns, explore the United Van Lines complete report.


A picture of Real Estate Agent Dan Hamilton

Dan Hamilton is the founder of Hamilton & Co. and the lead listing agent for the team. He is the only agent in the Upstate endorsed by Shark Tank star and real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran. Additionally, Dan hosts a weekly radio show on The Answer 94.5 and 106.3 WORD giving tips and advice on real estate and is a frequent contributor for real estate on Your Carolina TV show on WSPA Channel 7.

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