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Oregon increases lead as top moving destination for 2014

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Staff writer ▼ | January 3, 2015
Oregon holds on to its title as "Top Moving Destination" and continues to pull away from the pack, while the Northeast loses residents for the third consecutive year.
Study   United Van Lines Annual National Movers
Those are the key findings from United Van Lines' 38th Annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers' migration patterns state-to-state during the course of the past year.

The study found that Oregon is the top moving destination of 2014, with 66 percent of moves to and from the state being inbound, that's a nearly 5 percent increase of inbound moves compared to 2013. Arriving at No. 2 on the list was South Carolina (61 percent inbound), followed closely in third by its northern neighbor, North Carolina (61 percent).

The District of Columbia, which held the top spot on the inbound list from 2008 to 2012 and ranked fourth last year, fell to No. 7 this year with 57 percent inbound moves. New additions to the 2014 top inbound list include Vermont (59 percent), Oklahoma (57 percent) and Idaho (56 percent).

The Northeast is experiencing a moving deficit with New Jersey (65 percent outbound), New York (64 percent) and Connecticut (57 percent) making the list of top outbound states for the third consecutive year.

In a separate survey of its customers, United Van Lines found the Northeast region also had the highest number of people leaving for retirement with more than one in four respondents indicating retirement as the reason for relocation. The Mountain West had the highest number of retirees moving to the region with nearly one in three individuals surveyed saying they relocated there to retire.

"We've been tracking the number of inbound and outbound domestic moves for nearly four decades, and through our data are able to identify the most and least popular states for residential relocation year after year. This year we also surveyed customers to determine why they were relocating," said Melissa Sullivan, director of marketing communications at United Van Lines.

"As the nation's largest household goods mover, United Van Lines shipment and survey data paints an accurate reflection of the overall U.S. state-to-state moving trends."

The top inbound states of 2014 were:
South Carolina
North Carolina
District of Columbia

The Western U.S. is represented on the high-inbound list by Oregon (66 percent) and Nevada (57 percent). Of moves to Oregon, a new job (38 percent) and retirement (29 percent) led the reasons for most inbound moves. Nevada remained on the high inbound list for the fourth consecutive year.

The top outbound states for 2014 were:
New Jersey
New York
North Dakota
West Virginia
New Mexico