States People Flee, And Where They Go


After 13 years in Charleston, SC, my wife and I (and our young son) made the move back to Western North Carolina. Almost two years later, we love being back in the mountains. We also noticed we weren’t alone with out-of-state plates. The North Carolina mountains have become quite the favorite destination. Well, we (ok, me) started wondering where all the other people are coming from. Below you’ll find an interesting article about where they’re coming from and where they’re going. In the South, NC and SC were the top states people were moving to. It doesn’t get too deep into why, but with sun shining and mountains greening up, I think I might have an idea.


United Van Lines is out today with its 42nd Annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers' state-to-state migration patterns over the past year, and, like other surveys of its kind, shows that Americans are headed south and west, but not to California. It also revealed that more residents moved out of New Jersey than any other state in 2018, with 66.8% of New Jersey moves being outbound. Not coincidently, New Jersey boasts one of the highest rates of taxation in the nation.

The study also found that the state with the highest percentage of inbound migration was Vermont (72.6%), with 234 total moves. Oregon, which had 3,346 total moves, experienced the second highest percentage nationally, with 63.8% inbound moves.