Americans Are Leaving Cold, Expensive States And Heading South And West, Moving Companies Say

| by Jared Keever

Americans are moving to the South and West according to data released from two of the country’s largest moving companies. 

TheBlaze reports Allied Van Lines’ newly released information shows Texas is the most popular destination for families. The company’s report indicates it moved a net total of 2,000 families into the state in 2014. It marks the state’s 10th year in a row topping the list, according to a company statement. 

Florida was second on Allied’s list, followed by Arizona, South Carolina, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Georgia, North Carolina and Utah. 

United Van Lines, another moving company, released a similar list Friday. The company’s data showed its customers were most likely to move to Oregon, followed by South Carolina, North Carolina, Vermont and Florida. 

Michael Stoll, a UCLA economist with the university’s department of public policy, said in a statement accompanying the United report that the migration patterns reflect something he has been seeing for quite awhile.

“[T]he current migration patterns reflect longer-term trends of movement to the southern and western states, especially to those where housing costs are relatively lower, climates are more temperate and job growth has been at or above the national average, among other factors,” Stoll wrote. 

Lesli Bertoli, Allied vice president and general manager, agreed. 

“Trends demonstrate a heavy movement toward warm-weather, retirement-friendly states,” Bertoli said in a statement, according to the Daily Mail.

Allied reported the states that saw the greatest number of outbound clients were Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan and New Jersey. 

United said New Jersey, New York, Illinois, North Dakota and West Virginia were the states from which it moved the most people. 

Allied’s report indicated that the West Coast also appeared to be gaining in popularity with California, Oregon, and Washington state posting the greatest increase for inbound moves. 

Sources: TheBlaze, Daily Mail / Photo Credit: United Van Lines via Daily Mail