Utah among states most moved from, study finds

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Last year more people moved out of Utah than into Utah. This according to tracking statistics from the moving company United Van Lines.

The United Van Lines’ 41st Annual National Movers Study shows Americans are leaving the Northeast and moving westward. Three of the top four destination states are in the West: Oregon, Idaho and Nevada.

The most moved from state? Illinois. Followed by New Jersey and New York.

Utah was the only state from the Western side of the U.S. that appeared in their top 10 outbound states. See the list below.

Moving Out 
The top outbound states for 2017 were:
1. Illinois 
2. New Jersey 
3. New York 
4. Connecticut 
5. Kansas
6. Massachusetts
7. Ohio
8. Kentucky
9. Utah

Nearly 70 percent of movers told the company they were leaving Utah for a job. 15 percent said they were leaving to be closer to family.

On the other end of the spectrum, Vermont, had the highest percentage of inbound migration in 2017. About 68 percent of state-to-state moves in Vermont were inbound last year. 

Moving In
The top inbound states of 2017 were: 
1. Vermont
2. Oregon
3. Idaho
4. Nevada
5. South Dakota
6. Washington
7. South Carolina 
8. North Carolina
9. Colorado
10. Alabama

One in four movers indicated they were moving west for retirement.  Across all regions, nearly one in five of those who moved in 2017 moved to be closer to family.

The study say Utah’s moving deficit is 56 percent. See the full study here.

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