On the flip side, the states with the highest amount of inbound moves were Idaho, South Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota and Arizona.
“United Van Lines’ data makes it clear that migration to western and southern states, a prevalent pattern for the past several years, persisted in 2020,” Michael A. Stoll, economist and professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a statement.
The study also found that hotspot metro areas like New York and Chicago experienced greater outbound migration when compared with lower-density cities.
The most frequently cited reason among movers was a new job or a job transfer (40%), and 27% said they moved to be closer to family. The latter percentage is up markedly from years prior.
The pandemic also played into people’s decisions to move. Wellbeing, proximity to family and changes in work status (including remote work opportunities) ranked as the top three pandemic-related motivators.