Skip to comments.Michigan Leads the Nation in Outbound Moves
Posted on 01/04/2008 11:10:39 PM PST by Westlander
United Van Lines, LLC has released its annual migration study on where it takes its clients to and from among the 48 contiguous states. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has tested their data against actual census data going back to 1977 and found the two to be very highly correlated. This makes UVL data something of a leading migration indicator. According to UVL, a staggering 67.8 percent of its Michigan client traffic was outbound in 2007. That rate is an all-time record high, eclipsing the previous 1981 record of 66.9 percent during a year the Great Lake State suffered from an unemployment rate of 12.5 percent. Last month the U.S. Census Bureau reported that Michigan lost 30,500 citizens from July 2006 to July 2007.
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Wow, people fleeing Michigan in droves. Imagine that.
Jeni delivers on her campaign promise. She did say wed be blown away.
I live in Arizona, but we visited Michigan over the summer. The one thing we noticed as we drove from Kzoo to the Soo is that the highways seemed deserted. Beautiful summer days driving to Mackinac Island, Tahquamenon Falls, etc., and it was like we had the roads to ourselves. Very weird... and sad for the state.
It's usually like that on the western and northern sides of the state. It's much different going up and down I-75, and there are massive traffic problems going "up north" on summer weekends. Beautiful state, hope it can rebound before the brain drain destroys it.
If you eliminate a 1/2 dozen or so cities here, it’s a handsome state.
Granholm is a skank.
High taxes, Detroit under a socialist oppressive regime, corrupt democrat party scum infesting the overbearing state government... who in their right mind would stay in this hellhole?
The Unions, Citizens and politicians of Michigan have worked very hard to drive out jobs and taxpayers, to become the one state in the lead to become the American Kosovo..
If I did not have business and family ties that make it worth my while to stay in MI I be gone tomorrow. Big unions, race politics, and tax and spend liberalism have finally brought this state to its knees.
And Jenny is moving the state ever faster in the wrong direction.
I wouldn’t be surprised if New York is right up there with MI.
... not to add too much negativity to this issue, but isn’t Michigan home state to Dearbornistan?
Maybe raising taxes in an already high and overtaxed state will help to attract more people and businesses!! /s
I think Florida would rival Michigan easily, if we could sell our houses.
I saw a poll recently that 1 in 5 of us were ready to move out. My house is for sale, come and get it!
Great Lakes Region Sees More People Leaving; West, Southeast Welcome Residents According to 2007 United Van Lines Migration Study
Movement out of the Great Lakes region increased in 2007, while the South and West generally showed an inbound migration trend. The statistics are among the findings of United Van Lines 31st annual migration study that tracks where its customers, over the last 12 months, moved from and the most popular destinations. The findings were announced by Carl Walter, vice president of United Van Lines, the nations largest household goods mover.
United has tracked shipment patterns annually on a state-by-state basis since 1977. For 2007, the accounting is based on the 212,917 interstate household moves handled by United among the 48 contiguous states, as well as Washington, D.C. In its study, United classifies each state in one of three categories — high inbound (55% or more of moves going into a state); high outbound (55% or more of moves coming out of a state); or balanced. Although the majority of states were in the balanced category last year, several showed more substantial population shifts.
The South emerged as a top migration spot in 2007, with North Carolina coming in as the top destination (61.6% inbound). Alabama (57.9%) experienced its fifth year as a high-inbound location, while South Carolina (57.8%) continued its 14-year inbound tradition. West Virginia (55.7%) witnessed its highest inbound percentage since 1993, and Tennessee, with 55.1%, rounded out the high-inbound list for the South.
Although not considered high inbound, other Southern states also greeted new residents. Kentucky (53.0%) continued its six-year inbound trend; Georgia (52.3%) continued its 26-year trend as an inbound state; Mississippi (50.1%) saw the same inbound percentage as it did in 2006; and Florida (50.1%) returned to being an inbound state after witnessing increased departures last year.
The Western portion of the country also was a popular destination spot. Capturing the No. 2 inbound ranking, Nevada (59.4%) continued its high-inbound trend that began in 1986. Oregon (58.4%) sustained its 20-year, high-inbound trend, and Arizona (55.8%) maintained its six-year position on the high-inbound list. Wyoming (57.2%) boasted a 2.8% increase over last years percentage, and South Dakota (57.4%) continued its two-year, high-inbound trend.
Although not considered high inbound, other Western states witnessed an influx of residents. Colorado (53.8% inbound) continued its five-year inbound trend, and Montana (53.1% inbound) retained its six-year inbound status. Utah (53.5% inbound) saw a slight decrease (2.5%) as compared to last year, and Idaho (54.3%), which was high-inbound for 19 consecutive years, had fewer people move in than move out.
Rounding out the high-inbound list is Washington, D.C. (58.5%), which has remained inbound since the inception of the study.
Some other noteworthy inbound-migration states in 2007:
* Texas (54.4%) continued its inbound movement that began in 1989.
* After showing a three-year outbound trend, Louisiana (50.1% inbound) turned a new leaf and saw more people move into the state.
* Vermont (54.9%) continued its three-year inbound pattern, and Virginia (51.6%) stayed strong with its 12-year inbound trend.
States in the Great Lakes region generally showed an outbound trend, according to Uniteds records. Ranked No. 1 on the high-outbound list last year, Michigan (67.8%) once again captured the top outbound spot.
Other Great Lakes states that made the high-outbound list were: New York (59.4%), which has been an outbound state since the survey was established; Indiana (56.4%), which has been high outbound since 1993; and Illinois (57.6%), which has been high outbound since the surveys inception. Also continuing outbound traditions, Pennsylvania (56.6%, high outbound for the past four years), and Ohio (57.0%, outbound since 1992) saw residents depart.
Rounding out the high-outbound states, North Dakota (67.2%) marked its 12th consecutive year as a high-outbound state, and New Jersey (61.0%) continued its outbound trend that began in 1997.
Not identified as high outbound, but following the outbound trend in the Great Lakes part of the country, Wisconsin (54.6%) witnessed more people leaving the state, a trend that has continued since the inception of the study.
Some other noteworthy outbound states in this years study were:
* California (50.8%) saw its lowest outbound percentage in five years.
* Missouri (51.4%) continued its 13-year outbound trend.
* Maine (50.1%) witnessed its lowest outbound influx since 2001.
* Maryland (54.1%) retained its 16-year outbound tradition.
* Oklahoma (53.9%), outbound since 1998, continued to see more people leave than move into the state.
Walter said the United Van Lines study, through the years, has been shown to accurately reflect the general migration patterns in various regions of the country. He also noted that real estate firms, financial institutions, and other observers of relocation trends regularly use the United data in their business planning and analysis activities.
United Van Lines, with headquarters in suburban St. Louis, maintains a network of 1,000 affiliated agencies throughout the world. As the nations largest mover, United holds more than 30 percent of the market, which is nearly double the market share of the second largest carrier. More information about United and its services can be obtained through the companys Web site at www.unitedvanlines.com.
Michiganders don’t sell houses anymore. We just abandon them.
Detroit, Flint, Saginaw, Ann Arbor, Lansing, ??
I thought Michigan was turning into a 7th century Islamic State. Wrong?
+ Muskegon, Dearborn, Southfield, Inkster, Oak Park......
Where are all of these people moving too????
Well abandon your and buy mine already!! It’s going to hit 72 today...
Michigan has been running TV ads featuring the actor from Dumb and Dumber and several other movies. Forget his name but talk about Mission Impossible. He is trying to entice people to move to a state with high taxes, corrupt government, cold weather, and the flagship city is the murder capital Detroit.
Does anybody know why lots of folks are moving OUT of North Dakota and lots of folks are moving IN to South Dakota?
Sorry to inform you but you the horse is already out of the barn concerning your Michigan brain drain. I live in the Dallas metroplex and have just recently completed a two year stint in Shanghai, China. Between all the upper Midwest expat’s in China supporting the American auto industry and their suppliers in China and all of the upper Midwest migrants who relocated to Texas, one has to wonder who will be the one to turn out the lights up there. Btw, these people leaving the upper Midwest and the one’s who typically have the skills, education, entrepreneurial spirit and other wherewithal to take good Texans. So, we will gladly accept these folks and the dregs can stay on their couch right where they are...
Back in the 60’s, an uncle of mine lived in Dearborn and worked for Chrysler. We visited and Dearborn was a pleasant family type community. Now I guess its been ruined by the third world invasion and drugs, gangs, etc. Too bad.
There are small concentrated muslim populations in south central/south east Michigan, but nothing to the north where the majority of the state lies.
I’ve never heard a peep out of those folks.
[Wow, people fleeing Michigan in droves. Imagine that.]
Yeah, imagine that. The marxist democrats and rino liberals are turning the nation into a cesspool with the liberal anti Christ, tax and spend, take take take the taxpayers monies and American’s freedoms from the citizens.
The democrat states like Michigan,New Jersey, and California and New York are dying and will die economically and spirtually and become but weak and stupid and arrogant fiefdoms run by marxist (dems and rinos) politicians as time goes on.
And there will be no place left to leave.
[High taxes, Detroit under a socialist oppressive regime, corrupt democrat party scum infesting the overbearing state government... who in their right mind would stay in this hellhole?]
A fact indeed and well spoken.
Up State NY is the same. People have just left. It will take 30 -40 years before it will change as it now stands. Taxes they just don’t get it. Democrats and Taxes.
Admittedly, Florida got a little carried away with raising taxes over the last few years. Now that the housing bust is here, the governments have no more money. But then came Charlie, the Democrat, he worked as hard as he ever did in his whole life, and couldn’t come up with a tax cut that would help. Who knew Charlie was a one square kind of guy.
[I thought Michigan was turning into a 7th century Islamic State. Wrong?]
Ha, and it is true. The Islamic terrorists love the democrats who hate the Christians and conservatives of the nation and are useful idiots to there continued assault on all once Christian nations. The day may come when the dems will be the first to be beheaded and murdered by their Islamic masters if things continue to collapse under the new age movement.
Unfortunately, to the red states where they will continue to destroy non violent Christians and conservative values in the name of love and for the children.
I moved to Michigan in 1968, after college I left in 1985, but came back in 1993 but finally had to get out in 2005. I miss the beauty and the lakes, I grew up “up north”, but I do not miss the politics or the Detroit area.......
One thing about the “migration” out of Michigan, those leaving have the work ethic and I would guess tend to be more conservative. This is leaving fewer working stiffs to support those living under the great “welfare state”.....
“Last month the U.S. Census Bureau reported that Michigan lost 30,500 citizens..”
Let’s correct that...”Last month the U.S. Census Bureau reported that Michigan lost 30,500 PRODUCTIVE citizens...”
The welfare bums and various other government leeches are staying put. Michigan is a gravey train for the unproductive. Jenny the commie is doing her job to create a massive socialist welfare state in Michigan and position it as a Rat state for a generation.
Makes me sad. My home state.
I didn’t leave because I was compelled to...I left because marriage took me elsewhere. Yet I have no desire to move back.
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For those of you looking for work who enjoy driving, UHaul et al are probably hiring couriers who can bring moving vehicles back to the state.
For those of you thinking of moving, good luck finding a van.
Nothing new there. I meet (ex-)Michiganders everywhere.
Thanks for the ping. It doesn’t surprise me. I know 2 families and 1 individual that left Michigan in 2007. One family and the individual went to Arizona. The other family went to Mississippi. All outstanding, productive hard-working Americans.
We moved last year to Kentucky from Michigan and we still haven’t sold our home. But the worst part is that my husband my get a new job that would put us back in that state.
You're being too kind. BTW, layoffs coming to GM.
My husband was offered a terrific job in Indianapolis last year--it was a tremendous opportunity. Unfortunately, his company wouldn't relocate us, and we couldn't risk sitting on two properties. Good thing we didn't try, either, because our house is still on the market.
We'd be glad to have you back, though!
HOw can we get Michigan to eliminate the State income tax and replace it with a “fair tax” - that would get the freeloaders at the cash register.