New York Is Among States With The Highest Population Loss In The Country, Study Shows

According to United Van Lines’ Annual Movers Study, New York ranks among the top 5 states in out-of-state migration for 2018.

Americans are relocating and this past year, the migration patterns indicated that people are largely moving to western and southern parts of the country and out of the Northeast. In their 42nd annual study, the moving company, United Van Lines analyzed the trends of their customers’ state-to-state migration patterns over the course of the year. They found that the state with the highest rate of outward migration was New Jersey, followed by Illinois, Connecticut and New York.

Their website utilizes an interactive map to highlight the states with the highest rates of inbound and outbound movement using a colored legend:


The top outbound states for 2018 were:

  1. New Jersey
  2. Illinois
  3. Connecticut
  4. New York
  5. Kansas
  6. Ohio
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Iowa
  9. Montana
  10. Michigan

The top inbound states of 2018 were:

  1. Vermont
  2. Oregon
  3. Idaho
  4. Nevada
  5. Arizona
  6. South Carolina
  7. Washington
  8. North Carolina
  9. South Dakota
  10. District of Columbia

This is how New York ranks:




The study shows that most people who leave New York do so for retirement and those who come in, largely do so for employment. According to their site, the leading motivation behind these migration patterns across all regions is a career change.

Featured image: Kevin Case via Flickr

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