Kansas ranks 5th in nation for people moving from state

Kansas ranks 5th in nation for people moving from state

A new study shows New Jersey had the highest percentage of outbound moves in 2018.

The study found that the state with the highest percentage of inbound migration was Vermont (72.6 percent), with 234 total moves.

The suburban St. Louis-based moving company on Wednesday released its 42nd annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers' state-to-state migration patterns.

While not a flawless reflection of overall population totals, the migration patterns identified in the moving surveys tended to mirror a list of states that with negative population growth rates. OR had 3,346 total moves - the second highest percentage with 63.8 percent inbound moves. Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, South Carolina, Washington, North Carolina, South Dakota and Washington, D.C. round out the top 10. United Van Lines determined the top reasons for moving south include job change (46.6 percent) and retirement (22.3 percent).

More retirees moved out of OR past year than moved to the state, the study noted.

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The Garden State was followed by IL (65.9 percent outbound), CT (62 percent outbound), NY (61.5 percent outbound) and Kansas (58.7 percent outbound). NY (61.5 percent), and MA (56 percent) were the others.

In the Midwest, Illinois had the highest share of outbound moves, with 66 percent of relocations going out of state and just 34 percent coming in.

The Garden State has ranked in the top 10 outbound states for the last decade, according to United Van Lines.

Several southern states also saw a high rate of inbound migration, including SC (59.9 percent) and North Carolina (57 percent).

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