Yesha Callahan

United and Allied Van Lines: Americans Fled Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan in 2014


‘Trends demonstrate a heavy movement toward warm-weather, retirement-friendly states’ — Lesli Bertoli, general manager and vice president of Allied

According to reports by two major moving companies, Americans are moving out Northeast and Midwest states and fleeing to warmer and more affordable South and Southwest states.

The 47th Allied Van Lines reported that Illinois topped the list of states people are moving away from with 1,372 net moves, followed by Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan and New Jersey. The states have remained in the top five since 2010, Allied Van Lines said.

United Van Lines released its 38th Annual National Movers Study last Friday. The state of Oregon holds on to its title as “Top Moving Destination” while the Northeast loses residents for the third consecutive year, according to the company.

New Jersey, New York, Illinois, North Dakota and West Virginia represented the states United Van Lines clients exited the most last year.

United reported Oregon was the top destination for its clients, followed by South Carolina, North Carolina, Vermont and Florida. Noting 38 percent of its clients moving to Oregon were going for a new job — while 29 percent moved for retirement.


Allied reported their clients were most likely to move to Texas, Florida, Arizona, South Carolina and Colorado. The most popular destinations were pretty much, except the number of moves has increased with California, Oregon and Washington state showing the greatest increases for inbound moves.

From United Van Lines Study:

Those are the key findings from United Van Lines’ 38th Annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers’ migration patterns state-to-state during the course of the past year. The study found that Oregon is the top moving destination of 2014, with 66 percent of moves to and from the state being inbound — that’s a nearly 5 percent increase of inbound moves compared to 2013. Arriving at No. 2 on the list was South Carolina (61 percent inbound), followed closely in third by its northern neighbor, North Carolina (61 percent).

The District of Columbia, which held the top spot on the inbound list from 2008 to 2012 and ranked fourth last year, fell to No. 7 this year with 57 percent inbound moves. New additions to the 2014 top inbound list include Vermont (59 percent), Oklahoma (57 percent) and Idaho (56 percent).

The Northeast is experiencing a moving deficit with New Jersey (65 percent outbound), New York (64 percent) and Connecticut (57 percent) making the list of top outbound states for the third consecutive year.

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From Allied Van Lines Study:

Biggest Movers in 2014
California maintained its status as Most Mobile State, with more than 14,000 moves conducted by Allied Van Lines that featured California as its departure or destination state. With a jump to the positive side of the list, California earned a spot on the inbound state list, coming in 15th, after being the 7th outbound state in 2013. Other big movers included Washington, moving from the 19th outbound to 6th inbound.

“Other than a few big changes, most states remained relatively stable,” said Lesli Bertoli, general manager and vice president of Allied Van Lines. “While we’ve seen an increase in the number of moves overall, trends demonstrate a heavy movement toward warm-weather, retirement-friendly states.”

The states with the biggest drops in magnet status include Minnesota, moving from 22nd most outbound to 11th outbound, and both Arkansas and Delaware, which each dropped eight positions.

“This year marked a significant increase in the number of moves for Allied, up more than 8 percent over last year,” said Bertoli. “With more than 73,000 moves in North America, this is the largest number of moves for Allied since the start of the recession in 2008.”

Outbound States
This year’s survey shuffles the deck of the top five outbound states again, as the same states have claimed that position since 2010. Illinois claims the title as the top outbound state (1,372 net outbound moves), followed by Pennsylvania (1,127 net outbound moves). New York (847 net outbound moves) and Michigan (846 net outbound moves) were almost tied in 3rd and 4th position, and New Jersey took the 5th most outbound title with 744 net outbound moves.

  1. January 7, 2015 - Reply

    The wind chill outside is -5, I would not mind being in the South this morning!

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