02-15-2019 01:00:05 PM -0800
02-15-2019 09:32:56 AM -0800
02-15-2019 07:34:51 AM -0800
02-14-2019 05:19:47 PM -0800
02-14-2019 04:32:01 PM -0800
It looks like you've previously blocked notifications. If you'd like to receive them, please update your browser permissions.
Desktop Notifications are  | 
Get instant alerts on your desktop.
Turn on desktop notifications?
Remind me later.
PJ Media encourages you to read our updated PRIVACY POLICY and COOKIE POLICY.

Stretch, grab a late afternoon cup of caffeine and get caught up on the most important news of the day with our Coffee Break newsletter. These are the stories that will fill you in on the world that's spinning outside of your office window - at the moment that you get a chance to take a breath.
Sign up now to save time and stay informed!

Families Fleeing New Jersey, Illinois, Connecticut, New York, Study Finds

What would compel you to move to a different state? A better job? Family? Lower taxes? Better weather? A new study conducted by United Van Lines reveals that those are the main reasons that prompted many Americans to pack up and move across state lines. The study also provides data about which states people are fleeing and to which states people are moving.

Unsurprisingly, New Jersey tops the list of states from which people are moving. According to the study, 66.8 percent of the moves in New Jersey were by people moving to a different state. Surprisingly, to me at least, Vermont is at the top of the other list. 72.6 percent of moves in Vermont are from people moving from another state.

The study is interesting and informative, and United Van Lines is in a unique position to collect and analyze the data. According to Eily Cummings, who serves as United Van Lines' director of corporate communication, "As the nation’s largest household goods mover, our study allows us to identify the most and least popular states for residential relocation throughout the country, year after year. These findings accurately reflect not only where Americans are moving to and from, but also the reasons why."

The study claims that:

Since 1977, United Van Lines has annually tracked migration patterns on a state-by-state basis. The 2018 study is based on household moves handled by United within the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. and ranks states based off the inbound and outbound percentages of total moves in each state. United classifies states as “high inbound” if 55 percent or more of the moves are going into a state, “high outbound” if 55 percent or more moves were coming out of a state or “balanced” if the difference between inbound and outbound is negligible.

One of the things that stuck out to me is that many of the top ten states for outbound moves are known for their high state income tax (New Jersey, Illinois, Connecticut, New York, Iowa, and Massachusetts). That doesn't necessarily mean that people are moving into states based on taxes, though. Some are, but not all. Vermont has a high state income tax, after all.

The study concludes that the reason why some Southern states are seeing an influx of new residents is because of the job market. While United Van Lines didn't say this, I imagine that low taxes combined with being a "right to work" state is what helps create the employer-friendly job market of South Carolina, which sits at #6 on the top inbound list. Companies create jobs. People move to where there is work.

Looking at United Van Lines study, economist and professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, Michael Stoll says: