LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC)– The District has again topped an annual list of contiguous U.S. states with highest percentage of people moving into them.

St. Louis-based moving company United Van Lines has tracked the states its customers have moved to and from since 1977. It classifies states as “high inbound” if 55 percent or more of the moves occurring there are incoming and “high outbound” if 55 percent or more moves are outgoing. A state is “balanced” if the difference between inbound and outbound moves is negligible.

In 2012, 64 percent of moves occurring in D.C. represented people coming into the city, not leaving it.

D.C. was joined in the top five by Oregon (61 percent inbound), Nevada (58 percent inbound), North Carolina (56 percent inbound) and South Carolina (55 percent inbound).

Michael Stoll, and economist, professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, was quoted in the study as saying that lower housing costs, temperate climates and growing economies could be the reason behind the movement into the top inbound areas.

United Van Lines also reported which states have the highest percentage of residents moving out. In 2012, 62 percent of moves in New Jersey were outgoing, followed by Illinois, with 60 percent, and West Virginia, New York and New Mexico with 58 percent each.

Maryland and Virginia were both reported as being “balanced.”


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