Atlas Van Lines recently released their ‘2011 Migration Trends’ reports. According to this new report, Southwestern and Mid-Atlantic states were popular destinations in 2011. Historical data suggests this trend in relocation is likely related to retirement and weather preferences. Retirees are attracted to states with temperate climates, affordable costs of living, good health care and pretty scenery.
The Midwest continued to lose residents in 2011, but the data shows Michigan became a balanced state after six consecutive years of steady outbound moves (yeah).
For the first time in many years, Michigan went from an outbound state to a balanced state. Michigan now joins South Dakota and Iowa as the only Midwestern states to remain balanced in 2011. This reflects the continuing recovery of the auto industry and the Michigan economy in general.
For a sixth consecutive year, Washington, D.C. had the highest percentage of inbound moves, while Ohio had the highest percentage of outbound moves. Job losses in manufacturing and industrial machinery are likely pushing people out of that state.
The report is an interesting read and can be accessed below.