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Study: N.Y. ranks No. 3 in migrations to other states

Rochester Business Journal
January 3, 2014

New York ranked third behind New Jersey and Illinois in out-migrations in United Van Lines LLC’s’ annual study of its customers’ state-to-state moves.
Among moves to and from New York in 2013, 61 percent were to other states, the company’s 37th annual migration study found. The state ranked fourth at 58 percent in 2012, trailing New Jersey, Illinois and West Virginia, the company said Thursday.

With 64 percent of its moves to other states, New Jersey ranked first for the third straight year, the study shows. Illinois, at 61 percent, was second for the second straight year after ranking first in 2011.

The Northeast is the most prominent region on the outbound list, with four states among the top nine, the study shows. Connecticut ranked fifth at 59 percent and Massachusetts was eighth at 56 percent.

West Virginia ranked fourth at 60 percent, Utah was sixth at 58 percent, Kentucky was seventh at 56 percent and New Mexico was ninth at 55 percent.

A percentage of 55 percent or greater is considered high in the inbound and outbound lists, company officials said.

Oregon was the most attractive destination in 2013, with 61 percent of its moves inbound, the study shows. South Carolina was second at 60 percent and North Carolina third at 58 percent.

“Business incentives, industrial growth and relatively lower costs of living are attracting jobs and people to the southeastern and western states such as South Dakota, Colorado and Texas,” said Michael Stoll, economist, professor and chairman of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California at Los Angeles, in a statement.

“We’re also seeing continued migration to the Pacific Northwest as young professionals and retirees are drawn to amenities including public transit, green space, and the local arts and entertainment scene.”

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