Another Study Puts Indiana in 'Outbound' Category

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(Screen capture from United Van Lines graphics) (Screen capture from United Van Lines graphics)
FENTON, Missouri -

Migration data from Missouri-based United Van Lines LLC show more people are moving away from Indiana than to the state. The annual study suggests 54 percent of movers were outbound from Indiana, while 46 percent were inbound in 2016. Last month, Evansville-based Atlas Van Lines Inc. released its own study also showing Indiana as an outbound state, by a 58-42 margin.

United Van Lines says the biggest reason for moving from Indiana is job considerations, which accounted for two-thirds of the reasons given by outbound survey respondents. Fifty-six percent of inbound respondents reported a job as the reason for a move.The largest disparity for staying or leaving the state came from those that said family was the reason for moving: 27 percent of inbound customers versus 16 percent of outbound customers.

Outbound movers who reported incomes of $150,000 or more make up the largest percentage of total movers away from the state.

The top inbound states are:

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

The top outbound states are:

  1. New Jersey
  2. Illinois
  3. New York
  4. Connecticut
  5. Kansas
  6. Kentucky
  7. West Virginia
  8. Ohio
  9. Utah
  10. Pennsylvania

Indiana's neighbors Illinois and Kentucky both climbed in outbound ranking. The company says retirees are continuing to choose to head West, which is overshadowing Millennial movement to Midwest and Northeast urban centers.

You can connect to an interactive map and more information about the migration patterns by clicking here.

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