The latest information published by the U.S. Census Bureau pegs America’s migrant population at 14 percent or roughly 40 million people. These are people, who move for a variety of reasons including jobs, housing, and family. So which are the states that are attracting most of these people?
According to a report by North American Moving Services, Arizona leads the states with 67 percent inbound moves, followed by Idaho at 63 percent. North and South Carolina are tied for the third and fourth place with 62 percent each with Tennessee at 58 percent rounding up the top 5 inbound states. The data for this report was based on state inbound and outbound consumer moves.
The report indicated that this was the first time that Arizona was the leader in inbound moves after having come in second for the past three years. Florida, California and Texas remained the states reflecting the highest total moves—inbound and outbound combined. Idaho, which has consistently remained in the top two positions for inbound populations since 2015 is currently the country’s fastest growing state with its population increasing 2.2 percent between July 2016 and July 2017, the report said.
Overall, the report said that the Southern region had more inbound moves than some of the other regions with North and South Carolina leading the way and Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and Texas remaining in the top 10 inbound moves list from 2013-2017.
In terms of outbound states, Illinois topped the chart with 68 percent outbound moves followed by Connecticut with 62 percent, New Jersey with 62 percent, California with 60 percent and Minnesota with 59 percent outbound population.
The report indicated that the Midwestern states on the whole had a larger proportion of outbound moves, the exception among them being Iowa, which had more outbound moves than inbound until 2017, when more people moved in to the state than out. Among other Midwestern states, Illinois has consistently been in the top three positions of outbound moves since 2013 getting the top position thrice.