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The pandemic created all sorts of shifts in the way we live as well as where we live. COVID-19 prompted many people to relocate. With New York City being hit so hard by the virus, many people chose to leave the Big Apple. There have been reports of the same thing happening in California. But where exactly did they go?

United Van Lines just released their 2020 National Movers Study, revealing the states where the most people moved to and from last year. Idaho is the state where most people moved to, with 70% of inbound moves. On the flip side, for the third year in a row, New Jersey has seen the largest amount of people leaving the state, with 70% of outbound moves. Here are a few other stats:

  • New Hampshire and Montana are the most “balanced states,” with the same number of residents moving inbound and outbound.
  • The pandemic prompted a greater outbound migration in major cities like New York (72%), Newark (70%) and Chicago (69%).
  • Meanwhile, lower-density cities saw high levels of people moving in, including Wilmington, North Carolina (79%), and Boise, Idaho (75%).
  • Reasons cited for relocation included concerns for personal and family health and well-being (60%), desire to be closer to family (59%), new job or job transfer (57%), and desire for a lifestyle change or improvement of quality of life (53%).

The moving company’s 44th annual survey also shows that the Carolinas remain hot destinations. Both South Carolina and North Carolina are in the top ten of states that attracted new residents in 2020.

U.S. States With The Most People Moving In

  1.  Idaho
  2. South Carolina
  3. Oregon
  4. South Dakota
  5. Arizona
  6. North Carolina
  7. Tennessee
  8. Alabama
  9. Florida
  10. Arkansas

U.S. States With The Most People Moving Out

  1. New Jersey
  2. New York
  3. Illinois
  4. Connecticut
  5. California
  6. Kansas
  7. North Dakota
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Ohio
  10. Maryland

U-Haul took a look at the migration numbers, too, and they found that Tennessee was actually the biggest growth state in 2020, topping their list for the first time ever. Arrivals of U-Haul trucks in Tennessee jumped 12% from 2019. North Carolina is still in the top ten. As for the state losing the most population, California saw the greatest number of U-Haul trucks leave.

U-Haul’s Top Ten Growth States in 2020

  1. Tennessee
  2. Texas
  3. Florida
  4. Ohio
  5. Arizona
  6. Colorado
  7. Missouri
  8. Nevada
  9. North Carolina
  10. Georgia

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