Skip to comments.Michigan Migration in a Holding Pattern
Posted on 01/10/2013 7:39:21 AM PST by MichCapCon
United Van Lines released its annual accounting of where American households are moving and Michigan ranked as the 6th highest state in outbound traffic in 2012.
That is a modest improvement over 2011, when the Great Lake State was ranked 4th. Specifically, 58 percent of all United Van Lines 2012 Michigan-related moves are outbound.
The good news is that this isn't the most recent improvement in the state's ranking. From 2006 through 2009, Michigan ranked as the company's No. 1 state for outbound moving traffic.
Also, by making this state a more attractive place for investors and entrepreneurs to locate job-producing enterprises, the adoption of a right-to-work law bodes well for workers here, making it less likely theyll have to move elsewhere for opportunity. Over time, right-to-work states have experienced far higher rates of net inbound migration: From 2000 through 2009 they gained 5 million people who had moved from non-right-to-work states.
Rigorous statistical analyses performed for his 2010 Cato Journal article Right-to-Work Laws: Liberty, Prosperity, and Quality of Life by economist Richard Vedder support this speculation. After controlling for the many factors that influence peoples decision to move, he concluded: Without exception, in all the estimations, a statistically significant positive relationship was observed between the presence of right-to-work laws and net migration.
United Van Lines identified the top five highest outbound traffic states in the continental U.S. as New Jersey, Illinois, West Virginia, New York and New Mexico and the highest inbound states (if you include the District of Columbia) as Washington D.C., Oregon, Nevada, North Carolina and South Carolina.
The Mackinac Center has done a statistical analysis of United Van Lines data and actual Census data in the past and found the two to be highly correlated.
I used to joke around with the trans-plants here that U-haul had to ship those trailers back up north by railcar.
UAW hypocrites typically pack-up the U-Haul and head for some low-tax sunbelt state the day after qualifying for their union pension.
I was blown away in 2009. Now live in MD. You thought Michigan was bad, you ought to try the nanny state nonsense here.
I’d like to return in about a two years.