Monday, April 15, 2013

Oregon Second in Nation for Inbound Migration According to United Van Lines Survey


Dueling migration reports of United Van Lines and U-Haul have recently been released.  Both show Oregon as a top in-migration state.

For the third year in a row, Oregon ranked #2 for in-migration according to a United Van Lines report.
The Northeast region leads the United States in outbound migration, according to the results of United Van Lines’ 36th annual “migration” study, which tracks which states the company’s customers move to and from during the course of the year. Washington, D.C., led the nation in inbound moves based on the study findings.

United has tracked migration patterns annually on a state-by-state basis since 1977. For 2012, the study is based on all household moves handled by United within the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. United classifies states as “high inbound” if 55 percent or more of the moves are going into a state and “high outbound” if 55 percent or more moves were coming out of a state or “balanced” if the difference of inbound and outbound is negligible.
The top-five inbound states of 2012 were:
  1. District of Columbia
  2. Oregon
  3. Nevada
  4. North Carolina
  5. South Carolina
This is the fifth consecutive year the District of Columbia (64 percent) was the top moving destination in the United States.

The Western United States is also represented on the high-inbound list with Oregon (61 percent) and Nevada (58 percent) both making the list. Oregon is number two for inbound migration for the third year in a row. Nevada returned to the high inbound traffic for the second consecutive year.

“The United Van Lines Annual Migration study shows the movement of people from frost belt to more sun belt states in the South and West,” said Michael Stoll, economist, professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. “While big states such as California, Texas and Florida have more total moves than other states because of their sheer size, other high inbound states such as Washington, D.C., Oregon and the Carolinas may be attractive places to move because of their lower housing costs, more temperate climate, diversified and growing economies, as well as maturing manufacturing bases and high technology clusters.”

The top-five outbound states for 2012 were:
  1. New Jersey
  2. Illinois
  3. West Virginia
  4. New York
  5. New Mexico

The U-Haul Report
Meanwhile, U-Haul International, Inc., has released the results of the annual U-Haul National Migration Trend Report, reflecting the nation’s top-growth states for families that moved during 2012.  The report shows Washington state with the highest percentage with 4.27 percent percent more families moving into the state than out.

Top states were:
  1. Washington
  2. Texas
  3. Alabama
  4. North Carolina
  5. South Carolina
  6. Oregon