West Holds Steady in National Moves

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People are always on the move, but just where are they moving to and from? Atlas Van Lines released its annual survey of interstate moves over the last year, and while it only represents the moves made by customers of a single moving company, it still provides an interesting portrait of patterns across the country.

Regionally, inbound and outbound moves were largely balanced in the West, the Southeast and the far Northeast, while the Midwest continued a trend of losing population. The Mid-Atlantic states, Texas, New Mexico, North Dakota, Alaska and Tennessee all saw more people moving in, which some theorize is due to job opportunities.

Idaho reported its second consecutive year as a balanced state with 399 inbound moves and 454 outbound moves compared to 347 inbound and 373 outbound in 2010. This follows several years when Idaho was ranked as an outbound state once the recession hit and changed a trend that had put it in the inbound category between 2004 and 2006.

Neighboring Oregon is in its third year as a balanced state with 786 inbound moves and 663 outbound moves. The Beaver State has largely been considered an inbound state over the last decade. Washington, Montana and Nevada have all maintained their status as balanced states, while Wyoming bucked its outgoing ranking of 2010 to become a balanced state in 2011. The only Western state to actually be ranked as an outbound state last year was Utah with 466 inbound moves and 580 outbound moves.

Ohio—a state which has a long outbound history—reported the most outbound moves with 1,890 moving into the state and 2,876 moving out. On the other side of the scale, Texas continued its seven-year stretch as an inbound state reporting 7,861 inbound moves and 5,663 outbound moves.

Check out the full report and and interactive map here.