Find Out Which US States People Want To Leave And The Ones They Move To

Published on 03/25/2021
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Americans that want a better way of life have been voting with their own two feet. People are choosing to relocate, and some certain cities and states are proving popular. On the other hand, this also means that there are specific places that people seem eager to leave! Which is which? The latest data from United Van Lines show that Americans still favor the South and the West over the Midwest and the Northeast. There are some exceptions to the rule, however. These are the American states that people want to flee and those that they want to call home.

Find Out Which US States People Want To Leave And The Ones They Move To

Find Out Which US States People Want To Leave And The Ones They Move To

Missouri

Best known for the tallest arch globally, the Gateway Arch is now being used as an exit as much as an entrance. The population of the state has not been growing as fast as predicted. The stagnation in the past twenty years is due to the low job growth in the area. Aside from that, data from the American Community Survey data reveals that the state suffers from low rates of high school and postsecondary education. “We get winter storms blowing in from the northwest all winter, so it feels like you are living in Canada, and the summers are brutal, with all of July and August at 95+ degrees and 100% humidity. It sucks so bad that it is our prime motivation to move away,” said a Redditor.

Missouri

Missouri

Pennsylvania

Over a century ago, the man who came up with Hershey’s chocolate opened his factory in the Keystone State. He chose it for the gorgeous countryside and abundant farmland. Did you know that he built a town called Hershey for employees? Life is not sweet for those in the state right now. While manufacturers employ nearly 9.5 percent of the state workforce, Penn State News says that Pennsylvania has lost around 80,000 manufacturing jobs from 2008 to 2018. This is why it can be hard to look for a new job here. On Quora, Christopher David said, “My job relocated me to the Scranton area, where I made the grave mistake of purchasing a home. A very depressed and unkempt area. While paying dirt-cheap taxes is a plus, the reverse of this is that there is little to no public upkeep and necessities, such as removal of storm damage and roadside cleanup, are nonexistent.”

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Utah

Are you surprised to hear that people are now leaving Utah behind even though it offers great outdoors and amazing skiing? People are willing to ditch all of that because they need to provide for their families. Even though the tech industry has thrived in the state, it has not helped all Beehive State people. “The housing market is going nuts with the tech companies moving in. Rent and housing are way over-inflated,” said a Reddit user called TaddWinter. They went on, “(Salt Lake City) and St. George are booming, diverse places but the rest of the state is the total opposite.”

Utah

Utah

Maryland

Who would have thought that living by the sea is not enough for everyone? Aside from jobs, people tend to leave them behind due to retirement. More than half of the people who leave are 55 years old and above. They choose to live their golden years somewhere else because Maryland can get expensive. As a matter of fact, it ranked 7th out of 52 places on the cost-of-living index drawn up by MERIC. The cost of housing is considerably above the national average, which says a lot.

Maryland

Maryland

Minnesota

Best known for its dairy and wheat, Minnesota is not producing nearly enough jobs for all of its residents. The main reason people leave is to look for jobs somewhere else. Even though it is still higher than the national average, unemployment is on the rise. It went up from 2.9 percent in the previous year to 3.3 percent in December. The weather has also been the source of complaints. Minnesotans say that leaving is the best way to beat the harsh winters. A Redditor called Violinagin said, “It seems like no matter what I put on, I’m either still freezing or so hot I’m sweating in my clothes, and then I get even colder. There is no middle ground. I hate it with a passion.”

Minnesota

Minnesota

Mississippi

It looks like it is not only the musicians experiencing the blues down in Mississippi. More than 72 percent of those who left the previous year wanted to look for work elsewhere. As of December, unemployment is still high at 5.7 percent. This is two percent higher than the national average. A Quora user called Timothy Dunaway said that work is the primary reason people leave the state. He said, “Minimum wage is the norm at most non-factory jobs. Benefits are hard to come by as well. In my county alone, most workers have to travel out of state for decent jobs.”

Mississippi

Mississippi

Indiana

Like other states on the list, people tend to move away from Indiana for work. The state might look like a nice place, but the unemployment rate is below the national median. MERIC said that it is one of the most affordable places in the United States due to low mortgage rates. Sadly, the lower cost of living makes things difficult for residents. The average worker here makes below the national average with a minimum wage of only $7.25 per hour. A Redditor called Sla963 said that the tradeoff is not worth it. “Your salary won’t be as high as it is on the coasts because the cost of living is low. So if you save 10% of your salary, you’re not saving as much money,” they explained, “This matters because Indiana is not a tax-friendly state for retirement. Spend a bit of time googling this issue, and you’ll see that Indiana is actually rated (by some financial advisors, anyway) as one of the worst states for retirement. There aren’t many tax breaks for the elderly here, while there are lots of them in other states.”

Indiana

Indiana

Kentucky

Yet again, people in Kentucky want to move away due to work prospects. The state has a federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, while the unemployment rate is at 4.3 percent. Bnlol1 took to Reddit to say that people only want to pay the bills and move away because of this. They said, “The commute in the morning will suck, but extra pay will make up for it, and there’s a much larger job market and opportunities in southern Indiana.”

Kentucky

Kentucky

Wisconsin

Half of the people who leave America’s Dairyland also want better work opportunities. However, this is not the only reason for the shift. People also do so for lifestyle, family, and retirement. Over half of the people who flee Wisconsin is 55 years old and above, so it looks like they leave the state behind for good. TopOTheMuffin told Reddit that the winters could be cruel. “You’ll notice a lot of people break plans in the winter because of the cold. No one will directly say it, but it happens regularly that plans with people will get an ‘I’m feeling kinda tired,’ which translates to, ‘I’m under the blankets, and Netflix is already on.’ It’s pretty frustrating,” they explained.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Virginia

We are sad to report that Virginia seems low on love nowadays. According to the Weldon Cooper Center at the University of Virginia, the state’s population might be growing slowly, although the rate is now at its lowest since the ‘20s. Tens of thousands of people flee every year. As usual, jobs were the biggest factor at play here, although some people move here for the same reason. A Redditor called boognish83 has come up with a theory for what is going on: “Traffic is consistently terrible. I’m from Pittsburgh originally, and Norfolk actually changed the way I drive now. Flooding is pretty out of control in many areas. Also, housing is pretty expensive for what it is; that might be everywhere, though.”

Virginia

Virginia

Montana

There are a couple of reasons people want to leave the Treasure State. Even though work is the primary reason at nearly 32 percent, others cited family, retirement, and lifestyle as well. While Montana is not the busiest state, the University of Montana conducted an economic study that said housing is growing more expensive, especially in the western areas. A Redditor called DoctorBadger101 said that their expectations do not match reality. They said, “Isolation. At first, this sounds awesome. Spending all your time in the glorious beauty of Montana. Green trees, blue sky, crisp air, zero pollution. They then went on, “Until you realize that that’s not typical of Montana living and you’ll be isolated somewhere like Billings or Great Falls where the isolation isn’t beautiful and wisdom-inspiring, it’s just living in the middle of nowhere without a mountain in sight.”

Montana

Montana

Louisiana

Its Cajun cuisine and Mardi Gras celebration might attract tourists from all over the world, but this has not stopped folks in Louisiana from seeking a better life somewhere else. At 4.9 percent, unemployment is becoming a big issue. It does not help that census data showed that one in five people lives below the poverty line. We are not surprised to hear that over 70 percent of people move away for work. Delani Lass took to Quora to say that the weather is also fairly awful in southern Louisiana. They said, “It is horribly hot in the summer. (100 degrees with 100% humidity). Summer lasts from April until September/October. It gets cold once a week for two whole days; then it warms back up.”

Louisiana

Louisiana

Massachusetts

Massachusetts locals indeed have plenty of things to take pride in. However, this is not enough to keep people there with the rising affordability costs. People have to pay a lot of money to live there. In fact, MERIC ranked it sixth out of 52 places for the cost of living. On Reddit, UebuNogami said that housing is a big problem: “There’s not enough housing to satisfy the demand. Unions make construction extremely expensive, and a requirement for the developer to give away a certain number of units for next to nothing makes building anything but luxury housing unprofitable.”

Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Iowa

We can appreciate all the golden cornfields of Iowa, but it does not help pay the bills. People mostly left the state due to work. In fact, it was the primary reason for more than 68 percent of those who flee. Even though the unemployment rate and living costs are fairly low, Iowa has not grown very rapidly. Census data revealed that its population only increased by 3.6 percent in the 2010s, below the national median of 6.3 percent. A former resident called Hiei2k7 on Reddit said they miss Iowa but not the Hawkeye State’s job prospects. “I have no upward mobility there,” they said. “Sure, I could have kept my comfy job in Cedar Rapids, kept stocking away money, and just lived out the rest of my days. Or tried to get a mate and start a family. But damn if I didn’t feel stagnated.”

Iowa

Iowa

North Dakota

There is no scarcity of wide spaces in North Dakota, but it now feels emptier in this day and age. Nearly 60 percent of the people who move out want better job prospects. While the unemployment is low at only 2.4 percent, the residents find it hard to get the job they want. A Redditor called Modern_rabbit said that its laidback atmosphere might give newcomers “culture shock.” They said a “lack of public transportation, lack of style, lack of flavor, lack of air pollution (and) lack of seafood.”

North Dakota

North Dakota

(Tie) California

Are you surprised to find the Golden State on the list? It was a new entry to the top ten in the latest survey by United Van Lines. Even though most Californians leave for work, many people still flock to it for the same reason. It is hard to resist the appeal of Silicon Valley and Hollywood’s land, but it comes at a price. This is the third most expensive area in the country, only behind Hawaii and the District of Columbia. Housing can get expensive depending on the county. On top of that, it is not an impossibility that your property will be consumed by the wildfires that plague the state.

(Tie) California

(Tie) California

(Tie) Michigan

In Michigan, the unemployment rate stays high at 4.1 percent. It looks like life is hard for people even if they find a job. In 2019, the Michigan Association of United Ways conducted a study that revealed that many households find it increasingly hard to pay for basic services. It suffers from low wages, with many jobs paying below $20 per hour. A Redditor called Homerinthedetails says that the lack of culture makes things worse. “That means less fine arts, no world-class museums, fewer jobs in banking/finance. People who prefer/need big cities usually head for Chicago, New York, Boston or San Francisco,” they shared. “And the winters, oh god, the winters. They go on and on and on, and they are so dreary.”

(Tie) Michigan

(Tie) Michigan

Ohio

“Why, oh why, did I ever leave Ohio? Why did I wander to find what lies yonder When life was so cozy at home?” goes an old song. We are sad to say that the answer is work for over half the people who fled it. According to BLS, the wages remain below the national median. The unemployment rate, on the other hand, is high at 4.2 percent. DJWLJR is a Redditor who said that the weather is also tough: “It’s too hot, or too cold, and not enough of spring or fall. The weather here is erratic and sometimes very extreme.”

Ohio

Ohio

Kansas

Dorothy once said, “There’s no place like home.” People in Kansas no longer share that sentiment of hers. Over half of the people who left did so for work, although family and retirement were also big factors for a quarter of those who did. While it is affordable to live there and not find a job, the BLS said people make around $6,000 below the national median per year. On Quora, Lindsey Bugbee said that Western Kansas is very insular. She explained, “Life is very slow-paced. People ignore the world outside because Kansas is a perfect bubble of safety. In effect, some towns feel no need to distinguish themselves from other places.”

Kansas

Kansas

Connecticut

If you know your history, you might already be familiar with the story of people selling fake nutmeg in the past. However, Connecticut residents now lose money to the high cost of living in the state. MERIC said that everything costs more over here, which is especially true for utilities and housing. Those with a mortgage should probably refinance now that rates are super low. Even though it has seaside appeal, the Nutmeg State is losing its retirees. Nearly 35 percent of those who leave wanted to settle down elsewhere during their twilight years. This is nearly on par with work as the top reason to leave. Taxes also make it hard because people have to pay high sales and income tax over here. Yikes.

Connecticut

Connecticut

New York

It is not a secret that it can be very tough to live in New York City. For one thing, the median house cost is more than $1.6 million. On the other hand, rent goes for $5,000 per month on average. The Big Apple will also take a large chunk of your paycheck! MERIC revealed that New York is fifth in the country when it comes to its cost of living. Taxes can be debilitating in the Empire State. The income, sales, and property tax all run high, so you have no choice but to kiss a lot of money goodbye over here.

New York

New York

Illinois

The Prairie State retained the second spot on the list. Chicago has much expansive farmland and boasts high taxes and the biggest bottle of catsup in the world. NPR Illinois and the University of Illinois Springfield revealed that 77 percent of respondents find the economy poor or fair. The same survey revealed that three out of five people said they were thinking of moving somewhere else, primarily because of taxes. Michael Kong took to Quora to say that the taxes are high due to the education system. “I can say it has something to do with supporting the local school system,” he said. “Every year, I receive a letter explaining where my property tax goes into. From the letter, I can see about $8,000 goes to the public school system, and another $2,000 goes to the community college.”

Illinois

Illinois

New Jersey

The last entry on our list is the Garden State, which was also the previous year’s case. United Van Lines has revealed that people have wanted to move out of New Jersey for over a decade. Jobs and retirement cause people to pack their bags and leave. Taxes might be a major culprit as well. On Reddit, bjorn2bwild said that everything is super expensive there. “We have high property taxes if you want to live in a decent area. School districts are very closely tied to municipalities, so if you want your kids to go to a good school, prepare to pay for it. Auto insurance, tolls, most goods, and services are all very high,” they said. That’s all for the states people want to leave, but where are people going?

New Jersey

New Jersey

(Tie) Oklahoma

The National Movers Study revealed data about where Americans search for a more comfortable lifestyle and better job opportunities. Best known for crude and crops, Oklahoma is seeing an influx of people moving in. The rate is on par with that for people moving out. People wanted to leave for jobs, as well as family. It has yet to raise the minimum wage over the federal base of $7.25 per hour. On Quora, Jon Davis said that the South Central state’s reliance on traditional industries makes it a hard place to live in. He said, “A terrible amount of our government spending comes from taxation of one industry: oil. We run the risk of going broke every time the oil boom/bust cycle hits its low.”

(Tie) Oklahoma

(Tie) Oklahoma

(Tie) Maine

It might be a pretty close call, but there are still more people moving to the Pine Tree State than those fleeing it. United Van Lines said that the top reason residents leave would be family at over 33 percent. Work made up nearly a quarter of the respondents. To improve low wages and the sluggish economy, Maine has unveiled its 10-year plan that focuses on training, innovation, and education. The United States’ easternmost state has traditionally depended on fishing, forestry, and farming. Still, the government now wants to diversify the economy for the sake of its residents. Some folks say that the current job prospects are bad enough to go through a long commute for low wages. A Redditor called nomocactusnames said, “Commuting 50+ miles for a $10/hr job is not unheard of. From Van Buren to Easton, for instance. I know several people who do that.”

(Tie) Maine

(Tie) Maine

Nebraska

While some people refer to Nebraska as a “flyover state,” its affordable cost of living and laidback lifestyle has made it an ideal place to live in. This is only true if you do not mind a more low-key lifestyle. “No one lives here because it’s a destination,” said a Reddit user called timthetoolmantooth. “We live here because we are hardworking people that like to keep most of what we earn.” At any rate, life in the Cornhusker State is not always easy. Nearly 70 percent of people who leave want better job prospects.

Nebraska

Nebraska

West Virginia

We are sure that you know the famous John Denver song that talks about how West Virginia is “almost heaven.” However, we doubt that he was referring to the job market. People mostly leave the Mountain State because of work. The next top reason they do so is for family, but there is a huge gap between the two. The state has a lot of natural beauty, which has been enough to attract more people to move to it in the past year. “The physical beauty is tough to surpass,” explained Brian Piercy, a Quora user. He added, “The only downside has to be lack of upwardly mobile employment opportunities. High-technology jobs are extremely tough to find and concentrated in smaller, family-owned firms.”

West Virginia

West Virginia

Georgia

There is something to be said about the southern hospitality in Georgia. The state has been welcoming more residents than saying goodbye to them, although the gap is not that big. If you want to move to the Peach State, you should know that the real estate market is pretty bad. “I had to get over sticker-shock when finding a house to buy,” said a Quora user called Mitch Anderson. “It’s quite a bit more expensive here,” ZipRecruiter reported that the median annual salary in the state is nearly $7,000 lower than the national average as well. Those who plan to move there better look for a good job first.

Georgia

Georgia

Arkansas

There was a time when Arkansas was called The Land of Opportunity. We can’t help but wonder if this is really the case. While the state had gone up seven spots in terms of inbound moves from the year before, over three-quarters of people who left wanted to look for better work opportunities elsewhere. JaysusMoon is a Redditor who said that this is not exactly because of a scarcity of job prospects. They said, “Depending on your industry; there are a lot of jobs in Arkansas that offer a decent wage without much work experience… [but] the fact that we’re a right-to-work state with very little union support does push wages down. A lot.”

Arkansas

Arkansas

New Hampshire

As you might already know, the official motto of New Hampshire is “Live Free Or Die.” This promise of freedom has motivated some Americans to relocate to the Granite State. A New Hampshire resident called dcs1289 told us what makes the state so great on Reddit: “There’s no sales tax, no state income tax, cheap liquor, and legal fireworks!” There are still downsides, of course: “Property taxes are high… [and] the climate is pretty extreme –– below zero temps in the winter, up to 100+ in the summer.”

New Hampshire

New Hampshire

Rhode Island

While Rhode Island is the smallest state in the country, it has a charm that has been creeping up on people. The Ocean State shot up by six spots on the ranking of inbound moves by United Van Lines in 2019. Sadly, new residents have to deal with high price tags over here. Did you know that it is one of the most expensive places to live in? “I love R.I., but it’s expensive,” shared a Redditor called mooscaretaker. They went on, “Taxes are high, and cost of living is high. Make sure you have a job before moving.”

Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Colorado

There is a reason the Centennial State has so many fans. It is not only because of the spectacular sight of the Rockies either. According to CPR News, there is a growing number of Colorado jobs as it saw a 2.1 percent increase from 2018 to 2019. Annual wages are $2,100 or so above the national median as well! If you plan to move here, you should know that it might take some time before you get used to the high elevation. Take it from Beatrice Bosch of the Quora community. “When I came home from the airport on my first day, I threw up,” she shared. “Altitude sickness is genuine, and it takes time to acclimate to the thin air and necessity to drink more water.”

Colorado

Colorado

Wyoming

Well, what’s not to love about Wyoming? It has many amazing vistas, the lowest population density in the continental United States, and six national parks. This sounds perfect for people who love nature more than they like people. There has been a recent influx of new residents. Could this indicate that more Americans want to leave behind the hustle and bustle of city life? However, the range is not only for stargazers as there are entrepreneurial opportunities over here as well. “Wyoming is great for a small business,” said a Reddit user called Mycotoxin. They added, “Registering your business… is cheap and easy. There is no individual income tax in Wyoming, so that helps a lot.”

Wyoming

Wyoming

Delaware

It looks like more people appreciate the Diamond State for what it has to offer. Even though it has seen a small decrease in inbound moves since 2018, the population is still inching towards a million with its growing job market. As a matter of fact, last year had the lowest unemployment rate in the state in 31 years. “There is … a good deal of diversity, with engineers, scientists and executives from all over the world attracted to jobs in our chemical, pharmaceutical and financial services industries,” said a resident by the name of John Nowaczyk on Quora. He said that the state has “a good blend of urban, suburban and rural lifestyles and perspectives all squeezed into a relatively small and manageable package.”

Delaware

Delaware

Alabama

Even though the Yellowhammer State has stayed steadfast in its ranking in the National Movers Study, its job market has stayed a cause for concern. Nearly 75 percent of those who left said that the main reason is work. “Although the cost of living is pretty low, the income and job market is also pretty weak, which makes making money difficult,” said a Quora user by the name of Steven Mann. However, he did say that it might be the right place for certain professionals. He talked about the status of these positions in Dixie. “Doctors and lawyers are almost worshipped down here.”

Alabama

Alabama

Texas

We all know that the continental United States’ biggest state is none other than the Lone Star State. In 2019, Texas shot up the ranking of inbound moves by five spots. So that you know, the state does not only welcome oil field workers and cowboys! The U.S. Census Bureau data has revealed that Texas boasts the third youngest population in the country. There is also a hip and fun atmosphere to go with this. “It has a handful of large metropolitan areas, with lots of cool neighborhoods, amazing food, barbecue, and nightlife,” said a Reddit user with the username getoutmyway98. They went on to explain, “Cost of living is low, so suburban Texans, I find, tend to live in pretty big houses.”

Texas

Texas

Nevada

For a lot of people, Nevada is nothing more than the gambling capital of the United States. In 2019, there were Americans who decided to go and live there instead of leave. Albert Hagan is a former resident who talked about how the state is a melting pot. On Quora, he said, “There are a few proud natives who were born there, but most residents are from somewhere else, so the people are interesting.” Despite this, he was not happy with the wages that he earned in the Silver State. This is why he moved out of there. “I would move back to Nevada in a minute if I could make what I make now in my current field,” he said. “Not happening any time soon.”

Nevada

Nevada

(Tie) New Mexico

The Land of Enchantment shot up by 13 spots on the ranking of inbound moves by United Van Lines in 2019. This is impressive on its own! It just goes to show that it still has the ability to enchant. “The landscape is amazing,” said Redditor lh8Hondas. “Awesome scenery everywhere.” Even so, they found it hard to make a decent wage after moving there. “If you want a job, you have to know people who know people. I searched for months without even getting so much as an interview when I first moved here.”

(Tie) New Mexico

(Tie) New Mexico

(Tie) Tennessee

Best known for housing Dollywood, the Grand Ole Opry, and Graceland, Tennessee has more to offer than its amazing music scene. This is also perfect if you are looking to save your hard-earned money. “Tax-wise, people tend to love Tennessee,” Logan Flowers explained to Quora users. He is a lifelong resident of the state. “There is no income tax. Period. None. Property taxes are also meager.” Still, he warns, “Sales tax can be rather high … with most places resting somewhere between 9-10%.”

(Tie) Tennessee

(Tie) Tennessee

North Carolina

Plenty of people like North Carolina due to its famous barbecue, but there is more to it than that. The Tar Heel State has been luring in new residents with low real estate prices as well. A Quora user by the name of Jon Mixon said, “You can buy a nice home on a sizable lot for far less than you would in many major metro areas.” He also talked about the amazing scenery, which new residents also love: “The shoreline is one of the most beautiful places in the U.S. Living there would be like a dream for many… except during hurricane season.”

North Carolina

North Carolina

South Dakota

Mount Rushmore State has a small population and a lot of lands. It is a good thing that more people are catching on to its appeal. “The air is clear from smog, leaving … the earthy smell of the fields to travel far on the wind,” said a South Dakotan by the name of Amanda Fristrom. Her Quora answer went on, “The harvest season brings deep red sunsets and striking sunrises… [and] at night the stars are clear and numerous.” In 2019, more than 70 percent of those who left did so for work. It is a good idea to look for a job before you pack your bags and actually move there.

South Dakota

South Dakota

Florida

What is not to love about Florida? You have beaches, warm weather, and palm trees! We can see why it has become one of the top choices for new residence places in the United States. This is especially true for those who are now in their twilight years. Over 40 percent of new Floridians talked about retirement as the reason they moved. “Living in Florida, in my opinion, is like no other life you could ever imagine,” said a Quora user called Mace Andrews. They added, “The dress code is literally shorts, T-shirts, tank tops, and flip flops.” Those who are younger might want to ensure that they have a job waiting for them before moving to the Sunshine State. The economy is reliant on the tourism sector, which the pandemic has since decimated. The Institute for Economic Forecasting at the University of Central Florida said that the state’s economy is not due to recovering until late 2021 at the very least.

Florida

Florida

District Of Columbia

Fair enough, this is not exactly a state. Even so, the capital has proven to be among the most attractive places in the United States in 2019. United Van Lines said that Washington, D.C. witnessed a big influx of residents because of work. An incredible 78 percent of new residents moved here due to a company transfer or a new job. “There are lots of good jobs, even for someone with a basket-weaving degree like me,” said a Redditor called Gumburcules. They continued, “Cost of living isn’t nearly as bad as people say it is, especially if you’re here long term or willing to make minor compromises.”

District Of Columbia

District Of Columbia

Washington

Even though Florida and other states get many retirees, Washington’s growth has more to do with young people’s job prospects. Microsoft, Starbucks, and Amazon all have their headquarters in the Evergreen State, which is great for job seekers. In 2019, nearly half of those who moved to the state did so for this very reason. While the cost of living is not as affordable as other states, this is offset by the higher wages. “Housing is where we saw a big jump in cost,” said a Redditor with the handle ZombieLibrarian. He moved from Kentucky to Washington with his wife. He added, “The jump in cost was exceeded by the jump in our salaries, though, so it sounded a lot scarier than it actually was.”

Washington

Washington

South Carolina

Best known for its great weather, laidback lifestyle, and varied landscape, it is not hard to see why so many people are drawn to South Carolina. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that the Palmetto State saw the sixth-highest population growth rate from July 2018 to July 2019. This has marked nearly ten years of consistent growth! It is not only the pretty vistas and warm weather that are attracting new residents. Its affordability is another reason for this. “Cost of living is dirt cheap,” said Quora user Alexander Lay. He said, “I moved from North Carolina, and the cost of living decrease essentially acted as a 20% raise.”

South Carolina

South Carolina

Arizona

The Grand Canyon State is perfect if you are in your twilight years due to the low cost of living and warm weather. Arizona boasted the third-highest rate of inbound moves last 2019. This is two spots higher than its ranking in the previous year! A Quora user called Euro Larson Odello believes that part of its appeal is that you can have any lifestyle you want in the state. “You don’t have to live in a giant city or suburb,” she said. “We have artist communities; you can live on a ranch, you can live far away from other people [or] you can live just close enough to get the benefits of urban areas without the inconvenience.”

Arizona

Arizona

Oregon

The Beaver State has been getting more and more new faces ever since the Oregon Trail was founded in the 1800s. To no surprise, 2019 was not an exception to the rule. For the third consecutive year, it claimed the top two spot in terms of inbound moves in United Van Lines’ study. Apart from its gorgeous scenery, the state is also full of tech industry jobs. This is the case in Portland and Hillsboro, which has since been nicknamed the Silicon Forrest. “There are hundreds of satellite offices of … big companies that support the semiconductor industry,” said Quora user Anil Kumar. He went on, “Additionally, Nike, Columbia and Fisher Investments are headquartered in Portland Metro.”

Oregon

Oregon

Idaho

Will you look at that? It looks like the Gem State is not quite the hidden gem that it used to be. It claimed the highest rate of inbound moves in the United States in 2019. This is the first time that it has claimed the top spot on the list by United Van Lines in over 25 years. It has a meager cost of living and a growing job market that makes it perfect for IT workers to save money. As we all know, it can get pricey to live in California and Washington. In Boise, the average house costs $332,698. The equivalent in San Francisco is several times that at $1.32 million. Parents also think that this is a perfect place for families. “I loved the fact that my kids knew their teachers in and out of the classroom,” an Idaho resident by the name of Diane Allen revealed on Quora. She went on, “I knew their bus drivers and knew my kids were in good hands.” Vermont technically had the most inbound moves as a side note, but the survey only included 214 customers in the area. It felt better to look at those with at least 250 moves to analyze trends better! We hope that this has been a helpful guide if you are thinking of moving or staying.

Idaho

Idaho

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