2013 Migration Patterns

Based on 77,308 Interstate and Cross-Border Household Goods Relocations from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013.
(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 2013 Migration Patterns study results provide a snapshot of relocation patterns and this year, the majority of the country achieved a balance between inbound and outbound moves while the total number of moves increased six percent from 2012.

Similar to last year, the highest number of moves occurred in California, Texas and Florida. Regional trends show the most significant changes occurred in the Northern and Western states while the Southern and Midwestern states saw very little change.

Other migration trends:


Northern States

The Northern states underwent major change from 2012 to 2013. Pennsylvania went from being a balanced state to outbound; Vermont and West Virginia both went from being outbound states to balanced; and Delaware went from being balanced to outbound. Washington DC remains as the only northern location to be inbound for 11 consecutive years.

Southern States

The Southern states saw no change from 2012 to 2013. The majority of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states remain balanced with the exception of Tennessee and North Carolina, which both remain inbound states. All of the Southwest states remain balanced in 2013 excluding inbound Texas.

Midwestern States

Mirroring last year's data, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota and Nebraska remained outbound while Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa remained balanced. North Dakota remained inbound. No Midwestern state has been classified as inbound for more than 10 consecutive years.

Western States

The Western states also experienced significant change since 2012, particularly with Montana and Idaho shifting from balanced to inbound states. Additionally, Washington went from inbound to balanced, leaving the majority of the Western Unites States balanced.

Canadian Provinces

Five of the 10 provinces remain outbound – British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Saskatchewan. Having moved to inbound in 2012, New Brunswick is back to being balanced. Another noteworthy change is that Quebec went from being balanced to outbound. Two territories – Nunavut and Yukon Territory – are unclassified, while the third territory – Northwest Territory – is 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 2013 Migration Patterns Infographic.

Nova Scotia - 60 / 43 Nova Scotia - 60 / 43 Connecticut - 1230/ 825 Connecticut - 1230/ 825 Deleware - 385 / 271 Deleware - 385 / 271 Washington, D.C. - 382 / 489 Washington, D.C. - 382 / 489 Maryland -  2078 / 2010 Maryland -  2078 / 2010 Massachusetts - 1694 / 1483 Massachusetts - 1694 / 1483 New Hampshire - 232 / 320 New Hampshire - 232 / 320 New Jersey - 1884 / 1487 New Jersey - 1884 / 1487 Rhode Island - 272 / 234 Rhode Island - 272 / 234 Vermont - 139 / 137 Vermont - 139 / 137 British Columbia - 270 / 181 Alberta - 258 / 215 Saskatchewan - 45 / 22 Manitoba - 51 / 34 Ontario - 864 / 525 Quebec - 206 / 133 Newfoundland - 2 / 9 New Brunswick - 11 / 11 Maine - 333 / 341 Virginia - 3235 / 3378 West Virginia - 267 / 233 North Carolina - 2328 / 3486 South Carolina - 2187 / 1824 Pennsylvania - 2796 / 2206 New York - 3600 / 2451 Florida - 4785 / 5630 Georgia - 3257 / 3032 Alabama - 955 / 1121 Mississippi - 408 / 464 Tennessee - 1501 / 1924 Kentucky - 796 / 886 Ohio - 2622 / 1931 Michigan - 1685 / 1878 Indiana - 1816 / 1244 Illinois - 3315 / 2453 Wisconsin - 976 / 847 Louisiana - 1072 / 975 Arkansas - 478 / 472 Missouri - 1176 / 1075 Iowa - 700 / 582 Minnesota - 1335 / 962 North Dakota - 112 / 231 South Dakota - 183 / 170 Nebraska - 528 / 366 Kansas - 1013 / 856 Oklahoma - 923 / 1009 Texas - 5647 / 7856 New Mexico - 600 / 711 Colorado - 2045 / 2281 Wyoming - 276 / 223 Montana - 165 / 217 Idaho - 395/ 505 Utah - 517 / 522 Arizona - 2218 / 2101 Nevada - 820 / 791 California - 6789 / 7716 Oregon - 640 / 867 Washington - 2493 / 2794 Yukon - 0 / 0 Alaska - 117 / 129 Hawaii - 128 / 110

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