Top States Americans are Migrating To and From

According to Updater’s annual moving destinations report, the top states Americans are migrating to and from is spread widely across the nation. In 2017, Americans migrated to states in New England, the Southeast, and on the West Coast. Outbound migration is distributed across states from multiple regions. Updater’s moving report provides a unique insight into the moving patterns of Americans with precise accuracy.

Updater’s moving destinations report is based on aggregated moving trends determined by programmatically analyzing 1,000,0000 anonymous household moves, that took place between Jan. 1 and Oct. 1, 2017.

Updater classifies a state as “inbound” if it has a move-in ratio of above 55% and “outbound” if its move-out ratio is above 55%. A state is “balanced” if it falls in-between these criteria.

Top inbound states for migration

The state with the highest percentage of inbound migrations for 2017 was Nevada at 69%. In 2017, Nevada also ranked number two in entrepreneurship and number seven overall for the best business environment, by U.S. News. North Carolina ranked second for inbound migration with almost 63% of moves coming into the state. North Carolina was also named the 2017 best state for business by Forbes. Maine rounded out the top three states for inbound migration at just over 62%. Maine was ranked as the second safest state in America in 2017 according to WalletHub.

These are the top 10 inbound states for migration:

  1. Nevada
  2. North Carolina
  3. Maine
  4. Oregon
  5. Idaho
  6. Georgia
  7. Tennessee
  8. South Carolina
  9. Arizona
  10. Washington

Top outbound states for migration

Similar to inbound states, the top outbound states are also distributed widely across the country. Some of the most populated states, such as New York and California, had the largest difference between outbound and inbound migration. New York topped the outbound migration list at 74% with California close behind at number three with over 61%.

These are the top 10 outbound states for migration:

  1. New York
  2. Louisiana
  3. California
  4. Delaware
  5. Kansas
  6. Vermont
  7. West Virginia
  8. Illinois
  9. Missouri
  10. Nebraska

Balanced states for migration

The most balanced states for American migration include Arkansas at 49.8% inbound and 50.2% outbound and Maryland with nearly 49% inbound and 51% outbound.

Interested in more information about American migration? Updater has also released the top 15 moving destinations of 2017 which analyzed the most popular metro areas in the United States. Visit Updater’s trends page for a detailed look at America’s top-ranked moving destinations.

Below you can view a visual representation of the top states Americans are moving to and from.