According to one of the nation’s leading movers, the 2019 Atlas® Van Lines Migration Patterns study found that 26 states registered as balanced—meaning that moves in and out of the states were roughly equal—13 as outbound, and 11 as inbound, in addition to Washington, D.C. The data also showed a decrease in moves from 2018 to 2019. The company has conducted the study since 1993 to track the nation’s interstate (between states), cross-border (U.S. to Canada only), and international (between countries) moving patterns annually as reflected in moves handled by Atlas.
The 10 U.S. states with the highest percentage of inbound moves and outbound moves are included in order below, with Idaho ranking as the study’s inbound leader for the second time since 2017. New York was the country’s outbound move leader in 2019, a designation it most recently held in 2014.
In 2019, Colorado became inbound for the first time in a decade, while Oregon lost its inbound status for the first time since 2012 and became balanced. Former balanced state, Texas, achieved an inbound status after spending 2016-2018 as balanced. Additionally, Ohio gained a balanced classification for its first time since 2002. The year’s total number of interstate and cross-border moves in North America reached 66,308, down from 71,092 in 2018.
International Top 10: Destinations & Origins
Atlas® World Group International conducted 7,821 international household goods moves in 2019, up from 6,394 in 2018.