EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The annual Atlas Van Lines Migration Patterns study shows more shifts from inbound and outbound to balanced states in 2012 with Southwestern and Mid-Atlantic coastal states remaining as the most popular destinations, while the Midwest is becoming more balanced than in years past.
The survey has been conducted each year since 1993.
The mover places each state and Canadian province as well as the District of Columbia in one of three categories — inbound (more than 55 percent of total shipments moving into the state, outbound (more than 55 percent of total shipments moving out of the state) or balanced (inbound and outbound individually representing 55 percent or less of total shipments).
Six states that were outbound in 2011 are now balanced states, including Massachusetts, Delaware, Louisiana, Missouri, Utah and Wisconsin.
Four states that were inbound have shifted into balanced states this year, including Maryland, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Virginia. Wyoming is outbound again after spending 2011 as a balanced state. Previously balanced state New Hampshire is inbound again.
The highest number of moves occurred in California, Texas and Florida. California comes in at the top with nearly 13,000 moves in 2012. For the seventh consecutive year, Washington, D.C., had the highest percentage of inbound moves, with 63 percent of all moves being inbound. Nebraska and New York beat out Ohio for the highest percentage of outbound moves, with outbound moves accounting for 58 percent of each state’s total.
"This year’s annual Migration Patterns study revealed some interesting changes from 2011’s overall and regional trends,” said Jack Griffin, president and COO of Atlas World Group. "One of the more positive signs of 2012’s results is the shift from the majority of Midwestern states being outbound to a more balanced state. The increase in the number of balanced states/provinces throughout the U.S. and Canada is a promising sign that the economy could be stabilizing.”
In 2012, the total number of interstate, or between states, and inter-province moves reached 73,256. In addition, regional trends show consistency over the past year with fewer significant shifts:
The Northern states saw no changes from 2011 to 2012. New York and New Jersey have been outbound for more than 10 years, with Pennsylvania remaining balanced for more than 10 years. Washington D.C., is the only northern location with more than 10 years on the inbound list.
The Southeast remains balanced. Southwest states Texas and New Mexico continue to be inbound states, as well as Mid-Atlantic states Virginia and North Carolina. Kentucky remains balanced after becoming a newly inbound state in 2010 and moving back to balanced in 2011.
After 2011 showed the majority of its states with more outbound than inbound moves, the Midwest region now has five balanced states – Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri and Michigan. Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kansas, Minnesota and Nebraska remain outbound. Indiana has been an outbound state for more than 11 consecutive years. No Midwestern state has been classified as inbound for more than 10 years.
The annual study shows that the majority of the Western states remain balanced. Only two states are inbound or outbound – Utah (outbound) and New Mexico (inbound). California has now been balanced for more than 10 consecutive years.
Of the 10 provinces, five are outbound – British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Saskatchewan. Alberta breaks its five-year streak as an outbound province, while Quebec moves back to a balanced province. New Brunswick, who has been balanced for three consecutive years, is now inbound. All three territories – Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon Territory – are unclassified; Nunavut was outbound in 2011 and the Northwest Territories was balanced.
To view full results of the 2012 migration patterns, a map and annual histories for each state, visit http://www.atlasvanlines.com/migration-patterns/.
For an infographic on the results, visit http://www.atlasvanlines.com/infographics/2012-migration-patterns/.
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