For 25 years, Atlas® Van Lines has released its annual migration patterns study to reveal interstate moving trends as reflected in origin and destination data from the previous calendar year. The 2017 study introduced an all new international snapshot, revealing the top 10 most popular origin and destination locations for international moves completed by Atlas® World Group International. The study also featured interprovincial data for the first time with contributed data from Atlas® Van Lines Canada.
In 2017, the total number of interstate and cross-border moves reached 72,986, down from 75,427 in 2016. A total of 23 states registered as balanced—meaning that moves in and out of the states were roughly equal—17 as outbound, and 10 as inbound, in addition to Washington, D.C.
Furthermore, the data showed a decrease in interstate moves in 2017. With the inclusion of Canadian interprovincial data, a total of 81,693 household moves occurred throughout North America in 2017.
Idaho was the study’s interstate inbound leader for the second year in a row, and while Illinois has classified as outbound since 2009, the state had the highest percentage of outbound moves in the country in 2017.
International Top 10: Destinations & Origins
Atlas World Group International conducted 7,748 international household goods moves in 2017, up from 7,165 in 2016.