Skip to comments.Americans Head West, Southeast; Say 'Goodbye' to Central Northeast Region
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 Lines 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 nations 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 years data. Idahos (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 years 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 Uniteds 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 years 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 surveys 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 years 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 years 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 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.
VERTY interested to see what you guys have to say about this. I've heard MANY times how bad this is for the Dems, (NY gets small, SC gets big) but the way I see it, NY stays lib and SC BECOMES lib. That appears to be what we have in VA. So many of these F&*%ing POS scumbags are coming in, that VA is now indistinguishable from MASS.
Good, there are too many people in my state anyway.
Well, LA is becoming a red state, and many LA Dems outmigrated to Texas and other states:)
You know the difference between a yankee and a d@mnyankee?
The second one stays.
What's the bag limit in your area?
what you are seeing here is why the US is drifting left politically - as people move to the "inbound" states, they bring their politics with them.
everything I've read says it should.
If liberal states are staying liberal and conservative states are becoming liberal, that isn't really about migration, it actually means something worse: that nationwide older conservatives are dying off and younger people and immigrants are voting liberal. An ominous sign. If younger people were leaving the Northeast to look for jobs and bringing a conservative, enterpreneurial spirit with them, the symptoms you describe in Virginia wouldn't be happening.
Democrat party fiefdoms despise families, despite all their total BS rhetoric. Such regions are funtionally uninhabitable.
Think San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Manhattan, Northern New Jersey and all of Taxachusetts.
It is true what you say about Virginia.
While it has not achieved true battleground status, there is an increasing number of Dems coming in, primarily in Northern Virginia.
Twenty years ago, Northern Va was considered the GOP part of the state. Nowadays, it seems as though the Valley, the Piedmont and Southside have earned that honor.
As federal govt continues to grow and grow, Northern Va will become more and more Dem - to the point where it can dictate to the rest of the state.
The phrase "Rats leaving a sinking (liberal) ship" comes to mind.
most of the outflow has to do with cost of living, taxes, and the wages you need to earn to live well in those areas.
My home state. Hope all the dems leave. That would take a lot of outbounds though.
I think they're all coming here to the Triangle area in NC.
Massachusetts has a high number of (a-hem) "temporary guest workers".
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!
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.
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.........
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.
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
I, too, hope that you are correct.
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.
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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.
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.
liberal migration bump for later.........
-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.
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?
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.
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?
The second one stays.
I'm glad us "damnyankees" weren't so nasty to the hundreds of thousands of Southerners who streamed into Michigan from the 1920s to the 1950s to take jobs in the auto factories.
80% of the population of Detroit were either born in the South or their parents were.
Many of the "damnyankees" you complain about are just returning to their birthplaces.
The North welcomed the "damnrebels" with open arms and made them feel at home.
So much for "Southern hopsitality".
With all due respect, we here in the Commonwealth prefer decorum, even amongst political enemies, so we don't tend to have very lively debates and loud polemics when we're up to an election. Of course, with the migration patterns that others have mentioned, this trend is slowly beginning to change, but for the mean time, we still tend to remain very civil in our discourse with each other.
It's only odd to an outsider that's accustomed to New York, California, and Washington D.C.'s way of doing things, I'd imagine.
Sadly, the same cannot be said of the scallywag newspapers (i.e., the Pravda on the Potomac), which helped to turn this last election more than anyone.
yeah- it's a shame that all the old timers who made these towns/states so attractive in the first place are then run out of town by those hwo eartned their money the easy way and want to profit off what the real hard workers accomplished- a true shame- there are parts of Maine that used to have an excellent hometown quality to them but are now nothing more than cheesey tourist traps and full of activists and mother earth lovers/worshippers. We've long since left, and found a great little town in another state, but the pressure is on to change- Crimes is slowly creeping toward us, city folk are snapping up second and third homes here, and the whole atmosphere is slowly changing- and not for the better either.
Add Seattle to that list. The city core is now young family hating libs and homos/dykes. All the families have left the city for the rural areas.
Welcomed them by taxing the productive ones to pay for society's parasites, welcomed them by holding welfare outreach programs to increase the number of parasites on the government roles and welcomed them by denying them the fundamental right of effective self defense through "gun control" Welcomed them by burdening them with immense government costs so that the government and its friends could prosper at their expense - some welcome. Maybe that's why they're leaving - unfortunately most people don't leave their liberal attitudes behind when they move to the south and west.
If its tourist season, how come we can't shoot them?
That's immediately what I thought too: people who hire van lines are NOT a representative sample of people who move.
I've moved states 4 times in my adult life so far, all without a van line (now my NEXT move will be different, as I have 4 children now and lots more stuff!).
.....If younger people were leaving the Northeast to look for jobs .....
I think there are many older people moving to be near their kids who migrated earlier. I know several
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