A Surprising State Named Top-Moving Spot

January 5, 2016

More residents are flocking to Oregon. The state landed in the number one spot in Atlas Van Lines’ latest annual Migration Patterns study, which tracks the nation’s interstate relocation patterns year-to-year in moves handled by Atlas. This marks the first time Oregon has topped the inbound moving list since 1995. 

The report showed that the following five states boasted the highest percentage of inbound moves in 2015: 

  1. Oregon: 64%
  2. Idaho: 63% 
  3. North Carolina: 61% 
  4. Alaska: 60%
  5. North Dakota: 59%

Meanwhile, these five states had the highest percentage of outbound moves in 2015: 

  1. Hawaii: 62% 
  2. New York: 61.8% 
  3. Illinois: 61.7% 
  4. South Dakota: 60%
  5. Wyoming: 59.5%

The data, overall, showed that the number of moves rose in 2015 compared to 2014. 

"Our annual migration patterns study is not only a resource for the relocation industry, but it provides invaluable insights into the nation’s economic landscape,” says Jack Griffin, president and COO of Atlas World Group. “We are excited to utilize the data to identify interesting shifts both nationally and regionally this year, and it is promising to see moves increased in 2015."

For the fourth consecutive year, the states with the highest number of total moves were: 

  • California: 14,973 
  • Texas: 12,403 
  • Florida: 10,534 

2015 Migration Patterns by Atlas Van Lines

Source: Atlas Van Lines