For the third-consecutive year, this state was the most popular moving destination in the U.S.

Stuart Seeger

For at least the third-consecutive year, Oregon saw the highest percentage of inbound moves among all 50 states, according to a report from mover United Van Lines.

With 69% of its total moves inbound, the Beaver State easily topped runner-up Nevada, which rung up an inbound rate of 59%. Washington came in third at 56%.

Of moves to Oregon, a new job or company transfer comprised 53%, while wanting to be closer to family 20% led the reasons for most inbound moves, United said.

Meanwhile, New Jersey, topped the list of states with the most outbound moves, with a rate of 66%. It’s at least the third-consecutive year New Jersey topped the list. The Garden State was followed by New York (65%) and Illinois (63%).

Here’s the map:

moving mapUnited Van Lines

California had the most overall inbound moves at 13,670. But it also had 13,045 outbound moves. Washington DC had the most population-adjusted inbound moves at 101 per 100,000 residents, followed by Colorado and Oregon.

“This year’s data reflects longer-term trends of people moving to the Pacific West, where cities such as Portland and Seattle are seeing the combination of a boom in the technology and creative marketing industry, as well as a growing ‘want’ for outdoor activity and green space,” Michael Stoll, economist, professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a release. “The aging Boomer population is driving relocation from the Northeast and Midwest to the West and South, as more and more people retire to warmer regions.”

On a population-adjusted basis, Oregon still came out on top, with a net of 39 inbound moves for every 100,000 residents. The top 5 for that group is as follows:

  1. Oregon
  2. District of Columbia
  3. California
  4. South Carolina
  5. Idaho

And the bottom-5:

46. Kansas
47. New York
48. Illinois
49. New Jersey
50. Connecticut


The study was based off of more than 248,000 total moves for 2015.