2014 Migration Patterns

Based on 76,979 Interstate and Cross-Border Household Goods Relocations from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.
(Click on individual state/province for 10-year historical data.)

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Where is America moving?

Since January 1993, Atlas Van Lines has reviewed and released data on the origins and destinations of interstate (or between states) moves throughout the previous calendar year. The 2014 Migration Patterns study results provide a snapshot of relocation patterns. This year, 26 states were balanced, 14 states were outbound, and ten states, in addition to Washington D.C., were inbound.

In 2014, the total number of interstate and inter-province moves reached 76,979, slightly down from 77,308 in 2013. In addition, regional trends show changes occurred in the West, Northeast, South and Midwest. The most significant changes took place in the Canadian Provinces.

Other migration trends:


Northern States

The Northern states saw one major change from 2013 to 2014, with Vermont going from a balanced to outbound state. The remainder of the states did not undergo any status change in 2014. New York and New Jersey have been outbound for more than 12 years, while Washington D.C. remains the only location in the area to be inbound over that same time span.

Southern States

The Southern states had three status changes, with Florida and Mississippi going from balanced to inbound states. West Virginia also shifted from balanced to outbound. Once again, Florida ranks in the top three states with the highest number of moves.

Midwestern States

The Midwestern states remained the same in 2014, with the exception of Missouri going from balanced to outbound. Similar to 2013, North Dakota was the only state in the region to register as inbound.

Western States

The Western states registered two changes. Montana went from being inbound to balanced, while Washington changed from balanced to inbound in 2014. Similar to 2013, the majority of the Western United States remained balanced.

Canadian Provinces

The most significant change for 2014 occurred in the Canadian Provinces where five provinces changed status. Alberta and New Brunswick went from being balanced to outbound; Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island went from being inbound to outbound; and Northwest Territories went from outbound to inbound. In addition, the Yukon Territory became outbound.

How is a state classified?

Each state/province has a threshold value, which is the total number of shipments multiplied by 0.55 (for example, in a state with 100 moves, at least 55 of them would have to be outgoing to classify the state as outbound). A state/province is considered:

  • Outbound when outbound shipments exceed the threshold.
  • Inbound when inbound shipments exceed the threshold.

For an infographic on the results, visit the 2014 Migration Patterns Infographic.

Nova Scotia - 48 / 25 Nova Scotia - 48 / 25 Connecticut - 1223/ 849 Connecticut - 1223/ 849 Delaware - 361 / 249 Delaware - 361 / 249 Washington, D.C. - 354 / 468 Washington, D.C. - 354 / 468 Maryland -  2033 / 2243 Maryland -  2078 / 2243 Massachusetts - 1718 / 1454 Massachusetts - 1718 / 1454 New Hampshire - 207 / 276 New Hampshire - 207 / 276 New Jersey - 1972 / 1437 New Jersey - 1972 / 1437 Rhode Island - 202 / 235 Rhode Island - 202 / 235 Vermont - 166 / 131 Vermont - 166 / 131 British Columbia - 255 / 145 Alberta - 286 / 175 Saskatchewan - 30 / 11 Manitoba - 52 / 19 Ontario - 992 / 479 Quebec - 228 / 104 Newfoundland - 7 / 1 New Brunswick - 18 / 10 Maine - 325 / 352 Virginia - 3340 / 3274 West Virginia - 275 / 208 North Carolina - 2297 / 3511 South Carolina - 2564 / 2130 Pennsylvania - 2889 / 2209 New York - 3920 / 2472 Florida - 4435 / 5791 Georgia - 3186 / 3191 Alabama - 887 / 962 Mississippi - 362 / 503 Tennessee - 1535 / 1923 Kentucky - 822 / 813 Ohio - 2707 / 1934 Michigan - 1649 / 1742 Indiana - 1739 / 1379 Illinois - 3553 / 2362 Wisconsin - 1019 / 848 Louisiana - 1108 / 926 Arkansas - 523 / 475 Missouri - 1257 / 1007 Iowa - 734 / 610 Minnesota - 1525 / 1060 North Dakota - 115 / 207 South Dakota - 169 / 153 Nebraska - 509 / 371 Kansas - 916 / 758 Oklahoma - 777 / 935 Texas - 5336 / 7801 New Mexico - 556 / 615 Colorado - 2142 / 2586 Wyoming - 253 / 185 Montana - 191 / 221 Idaho - 389/ 550 Utah - 489 / 462 Arizona - 2129 / 2059 Nevada - 772 / 749 California - 6368 / 7599 Oregon - 607 / 814 Washington - 2045 / 2535 Yukon - 1 / 0 Alaska - 165 / 144 Hawaii - 12 / 107

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