Curious about what states Americans have been moving to? For 37 years, United Van Lines has been tracking what states people are moving to — and from — using it as a measurement of migration. The company classifies states as either “high inbound,” or “high outbound.” To qualify for either, 55 percent of moves need to be going in or out of the state.
“As the nation’s largest household goods mover, United’s shipment data illustrates national state-to-state migration trends,” said Carl Walter, vice president of United Van Lines. “We’ve been tracking the number of inbound and outbound domestic moves for nearly 40 years, and through our study are able to identify the states that are attracting or losing residents.” The following are the eight states identified by United Van Lines as being high inbound in 2013.
With 55 percent inbound, Colorado met the minimum level for high inbound in 2013. The Centennial State is one of three new additions to the list. The population estimate for 2012 was 5.18 million people, a 3.1 percent increase from 2010. Between 2008 and 2012, the median value of owner-occupied homes was $236,800, well above the national average of $181,400. The state has five cities in the top 100 of Forbes’ “Best Places for Businesses and Careers,” including Denver, and Fort Collins in the top 10. The tourism office reports that there are more microbreweries per capita in Colorado than in any other state.