Michigan No. 1 in outbound migration … again

January 7, 2009
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Michigan once again has earned the dubious distinction of being the state with the highest rate of outbound migration in the country, with 67.1 percent of moves headed out of the state, according to the 2008 United Van Lines Migration Study. Michigan has held that “top” outbound ranking since 2006

United Van Lines, one of the nation’s largest household good movers, has tracked shipment patterns annually on a state-by-state basis since 1977 to chart where its customers are moving from and where they’re going.

Thirty-two years worth of historical data show an overall outbound trend for the Great Lakes Region. In addition to Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and New York were also among the Great Lakes states that said good-bye to the most residents, with outbound rates of 57 percent, 57.2 percent and 55 percent, respectively, according to the study. For Indiana, the outbound movement continues a 15-year trend. Both Illinois and New York have been  outbound states since United started the survey.

In 2008, the most popular destinations were the Mid-Atlantic states, with the District of Columbia reigning as the top place to relocate. D.C.’s inbound rate was 62.1 percent, North Carolina’s was 58.2 percent and South Carolina’s was 56.4 percent.  

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