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Americans Head West, Southeast; Say 'Goodbye' to Central Northeast Region ^ | 1/08/07 | unitedvanlines

Posted on 01/08/2007 9:40:00 AM PST by Ellesu

United Van Lines Releases 2006 Migration Study:

A strong mobility pattern continued in 2006 as many Americans packed up their belongings and headed to the West and Southeast parts of the country, while the Central Northeast region of the country experienced an increase in residents departing. The statistics are among the findings of United Van Line’s 30th 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 nation’s largest household goods mover.

United has tracked shipment patterns annually on a state-by-state basis since 1977. For 2006, the accounting is based on the 227,254 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.

MOVING IN Known for hospitality and gracious style, the Southeast states welcomed many new residents in 2006, with North Carolina coming in as the top destination (64.0% inbound). South Carolina (60.6%) continued its 13-year inbound tradition, while Alabama (57.5%) experienced its fourth year as a high-inbound location. Although Tennessee saw less people move in this year (55.8% in 2006; 58.0% in 2005), it still captured a spot on the high-inbound list.

Although not considered “high inbound,” other southeastern states also greeted new residents. Kentucky (52.9%) continued its five-year inbound trend; Georgia (53.9%) continued its 25-year trend as an inbound state; and Mississippi (50.1%) boasted a 3.2% increase in moves to its state as compared to 2005.

Supporting the idea that Americans still believe there is fortune to be found in the West, the Western portion of the country emerged as a top migration spot. Capturing the No. 2-inbound ranking, Oregon (62.5%) sustained its 19-year, high-inbound trend. While still a high-inbound state, Arizona (55.4%) saw roughly 5% less people move in than last year; however, Nevada (59.9%) continued its lucky streak of being high inbound since 1986.

Both New Mexico (57.9% inbound; a 3.7% increase) and Utah (56.0% inbound; nearly 6% increase) saw a rise of incoming residents as compared to last year’s data. Idaho’s (59.3% inbound) high-inbound ranking has held steady for the past 19 years; and Montana (55.0% inbound) retained its five-year inbound status.

Although not considered “high inbound,” other Western states witnessed increases of incoming moves as compared to last year: Colorado (54.7% inbound) continued its four-year inbound trend and had 1.2% increase, and Wyoming (54.4% inbound) boasted a 4.3% increase.

Rounding out the of high-inbound list are Washington, D.C. (57.9%), which has remained inbound since the first year of the study, and South Dakota (55.9%), which enjoyed its first high-inbound year since 1994.

Some other noteworthy inbound-migration states in 2006:

Texas (54.6%) continued inbound movement since 1989 and saw slightly (0.7%) more people move in as compared to last year.

After being outbound last year, Nebraska (52.5% inbound) turned a new leaf and has 3.2% more moves in as compared to 2005.

Although it is considered a balanced state, Oklahoma (50.0%) saw a 3% increase over last year’s numbers.

This year marked the first time in 25 years that Minnesota (51.3%) saw more people entering than leaving. MOVING OUT States in the Central Northeast generally showed an outbound trend, according to United’s records. Ranked No. 2 on the high-outbound list last year, Michigan (66.0%) moved up a spot to tie for the top outbound state on this year’s list. Michigan saw a 2.1% increase over its 2005 numbers.

Other Central Northeast states that made the high-outbound list were: New York (59.5%), which has been an outbound state since the survey was established; Indiana (58.2%), which has been high outbound since 1993; and Illinois (55.7%), which has been high outbound since the survey’s inception. Also continuing outbound traditions, New Jersey (60.9%, outbound since 1997), Pennsylvania (57.0%, high outbound for the past three years), and Ohio (55.8%, outbound since 1992) saw residents depart.

Rounding out the high-outbound states, Louisiana (56.4%) continued its two-year, high-outbound trend, but did see 1.5% less people leave as compared to last year’s numbers. Continuing its reign as the top outbound state of 2005, North Dakota (66.0%) tied this year with Michigan for the state that lost the most residents. The year of 2006 marked the eleventh consecutive year that North Dakota has been classified as high outbound.

Not identified as “high outbound,” but following the outbound trend in the Central Northeastern part of the country, Connecticut (52.4%) saw its fourth successive year of out-migration and Maryland (54.1%) continued its 15-year outbound tradition.

Some other noteworthy outbound states in this year’s study were:

California (52.4%) saw its lowest outbound percentage in four years. Missouri (51.8%) continued its 12-year outbound trend and had 1% more residents leave as compared to last year. Wisconsin (53.2%) witnessed its lowest outbound influx since 2000.

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 nation’s 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 company’s Web site at

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To: Ellesu
Missouri (51.8%) continued its 12-year outbound trend and had 1% more residents leave as compared to last year.

My home state. Hope all the dems leave. That would take a lot of outbounds though.

21 posted on 01/08/2007 9:58:44 AM PST by BARLF
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To: Ellesu

I think they're all coming here to the Triangle area in NC.

22 posted on 01/08/2007 10:00:01 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Ellesu


23 posted on 01/08/2007 10:00:19 AM PST by GOP Poet
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To: Grizzled Bear

Massachusetts has a high number of (a-hem) "temporary guest workers".

24 posted on 01/08/2007 10:01:00 AM PST by andy58-in-nh
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To: woodbutcher1963

Yes, unfortunately: (The Wacky state to the south of you all, has sent it's residents north..I have never seen such screwed up politics, and people than those out of Mass): I am from IN, but I was up in NH during the election period, it's a good state,..from what I hear from friends was Once VERY Conservative, it's a shame, really!

25 posted on 01/08/2007 10:01:32 AM PST by JSDude1 (
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To: Mr. Jeeves

No, I don't think younger people are leaving the NW and bringing a "conservative" mindset with them. Liberal pieces of sub human filth are leaving the NW and bringing their sick disease with them. THAT is the problem.

26 posted on 01/08/2007 10:02:25 AM PST by RayStacy
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To: Ellesu
The problem is that all those liberals move to places that are conservative and then start voting in liberals and turn the place into the same place they left--high taxes, unemployment, etc.
27 posted on 01/08/2007 10:04:00 AM PST by Hendrix
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To: Ellesu
As more and more people here in Michigan lose their jobs, North Dakota won't be able to keep up with us and will drop to #2 leaving us in the top spot. We should be able to claim #1 all alone for a few years.........

As a side note, a friend of mine in the building trades has had to move to Shreveport, LA to find work leaving his wife here in Michigan. I guess they are building like crazy down there.........

28 posted on 01/08/2007 10:04:15 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (My mechanic told me, "I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder" - SW)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Yes, but remember all the libs abortions. That has to come out in the wash somewhere. Its the colleges and MSM that brainwash many of the others. Eventually with such high housing prices, many of these children will have to grow up (hopefully). We'll see. Brainwashing can be quite powerful when started early enough and consistently reinforced throughout life. Should be interesting.

29 posted on 01/08/2007 10:04:43 AM PST by GOP Poet
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To: RayStacy

I am a conservative from PA who has relocated to NC. I was tired of seeing my taxes go up and up, services become more and more expensive and the liberals jumping out from all cracks and crannies.

I'm not bringing PA with me... I'm happily leaving it behind. I didn't more here to make it "little PA", I moved here to take advantage of NC.

Hopefully I am not the exception, but more the rule. But who knows

30 posted on 01/08/2007 10:06:30 AM PST by myrabach
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To: Ellesu
"...with North Carolina coming in as the top destination (64.0% inbound)."


31 posted on 01/08/2007 10:06:43 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: myrabach

I, too, hope that you are correct.

32 posted on 01/08/2007 10:08:05 AM PST by RayStacy
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To: Ellesu

The reason the northeast is losing residents is because more and more city folk are flocking to the northeast and changing hte once republican structures into 'progressive' (translation= destructive moral deficient, mother nature over civilians rights ideals) - Vermont is a lost cause- Maine is soon on it's way to being lost cause- NH as well- and forget about Mass unless you worship depravity and mother earth.

The following link does not relate to this thead

33 posted on 01/08/2007 10:11:03 AM PST by CottShop
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To: MplsSteve

Unfortunately, it's true about Southwest Virginia, too. All of our neighbors display liberal political signs at election time. We had a feud with the next door neighbor over a Bush '04 sign. I guess we won because he finally apologized after many visits to the courthouse to cause trouble and make us take the sign down after the election. He also took a swing at my husband, but things appear to be peaceable now. We kept sign up just because we could.

34 posted on 01/08/2007 10:14:16 AM PST by Library Lady
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To: RayStacy

I think Virginia is very much a red state. It's northern Virginia where there is a difference, mostly from immigration from abroad -- not liberals moving south. North Carolina has been a popular destination for decades and remains conservative, if not more so. Ditto for South Carolina. Just because a Dhimmi wins occasionally (as with James Webb) doesn't mean a seismic shift among voters. The good news is that Louisiana is turning red.

35 posted on 01/08/2007 10:16:10 AM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: Ellesu

liberal migration bump for later.........

36 posted on 01/08/2007 10:20:10 AM PST by indthkr
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To: Ellesu

-This year marked the first time in 25 years that Minnesota (51.3%) saw more people entering than leaving.-

You can expect that to be a fluke. Yes, I live there.

37 posted on 01/08/2007 10:30:41 AM PST by AmericanChef
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To: Ellesu
study that tracks where its customers

I'll bet the news media coverage of this story is wrong and that it tracks all moves, not just its customers.

But if it does track just its customers then the study is seriously flawed. Most people move themselves and do not hire a van lines. Of those who do pay others to move them, they do not hire one of the most expensive and non-typical (top tier) van lines.

I don't dispute the conclusion, only that this is more "conventional wisdom" than it is scientific.

Judging by some of the other FR threads, the biggest migration is not from North to South; it is Northward from the South (of the border). We can all lie with / cherry pick statistics.

During the (alleged) housing-market bubble-burst, it was reported that housing prices had double digit declines in 32 of the top 100 housing markets. But 29 of the top 100 housing markets had experienced double digit increases ... at the peak of the (alleged) slump. Location, Location, Location.

Asia ------->------> U S A <--<-- Europe
Latin America -->--> U S A <--<-- Africa

See a pattern here?

38 posted on 01/08/2007 10:32:00 AM PST by spintreebob
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To: CottShop
A couple of months ago, I saw a PBS documentary about a small town in New York located about 100 miles north of Manhattan where a cement company proposed to build a plant. The town dated back to the 1600s, and, until a few years ago, was mainly inhabited by descendants of colonial Dutch and English settlers and Italian, Irish, and African Americans whose forbears migrated to the area in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. The plant in question would have provided employment to the community, which was clearly beneficial to an area that had lost industry in previous decades. State and Federal environmental requirements had been met, but the company still needed zoning approval from the local authorities.

The zoning appeal was denied. What had changed was the demographics of the town. Many former residents of New York City and its suburbs, and other areas outside the state, had migrated into the town. They did not like the "look" of the proposed plant and what it would do to the aesthetics of the area. (It was not really an environmental issue, as the company had met the regulatory requirements.) A lesbian activist, originally from Nebraska, who opposed to the plant defeated a long time local politician whose family had lived in the area for several generations for the office of mayor. Her allies took over the town council, and the zoning approval was never granted.

The tragedy in this case is that the mostly working class oldtimers lost control of their community to a bunch of outsiders. Eventually they will die off or move and not leave any legacy, as so many of them are childless for one of several reasons. Their boutiques will be long shut, their policies will have chased away industry and commerce, and this area will become more immersed in poverty, a Yankee Appalachia if you will. Unfortunately, this may be the fate of the "Our Towns" and "Bedford Falls" of the small town Northeast for the foreseeable future.

39 posted on 01/08/2007 10:33:46 AM PST by Wallace T.
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To: WashingtonSource

To the rest of the country, Virginia portrays the image that it is full of people seeking to be politically correct, even if they don't agree on what is politically correct.

Allen was annointed early because it was pc for the GOP establishment to annoint him.

Allen said some things that others didn't find politically correct.

From the outside, it appeared that both sides avoided "conservative" and "iberal" and issues and ability. Both sides dealt totally with symbolic non-issues.

So how can one say it is "really" any kind of ideology?

40 posted on 01/08/2007 10:37:13 AM PST by spintreebob
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