With retirees moving to Mountain and Pacific West states as well as those in the South, South Dakota for the first time snagged the No. 1 spot as the top move-in destination.
The southern states also saw a high number of people moving in with 53% of total moves being inbound. Only New Jersey, Illinois, and NY had higher outbound ratios. Based on a regionwise breakup, though the Western U.S. including the Mountain and Pacific West is high on the inbound list along with Southern states, the region experiencing a moving deficit is the Northeast that includes cities such as "New Jersey (63 percent outbound), NY (63 percent) and CT (60 percent) making the list of top outbound states for the second consecutive year".
In New York, inbound millennials were 27 percent of inbound moves and 19 percent of those moving out.
Two surveys by national moving companies found more people are leaving CT than arriving, and the state's outbound migration rate was one of the highest in the country. The region with the largest exodus of residents due to finding jobs elsewhere was the southern USA (62 percent).
United Van Lines, one of the largest household goods mover, claims to have been collecting data on migratory patterns of its clients since 1977. United, which includes the Mayflower line, said 60 percent of its Kansas moves were outbound. Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada and Alaska were among top gainers.
The 2016 National Movers Study by Fenton, Mo. - based United also found that nearly 59 percent of the moves within the eastern United States were outbound.
The moving companies' annual migration studies showed differences in some results based on their respective businesses. The state has continued to climb the ranks, increasing inbound migration by 23 percent over the past five years. Pennsylvania (56%) also joined the top outbound list this year. After spending 2015 as balanced states, Michigan, New Hampshire and Washington, D.C. became inbound while Kansas shifted to outbound.
Nationally, mountain and Western states were inbound leaders previous year.
To view the entire study, an interactive map and archived press releases from United, visit the United Van Lines website.