These are the states people are leaving the most


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Americans have been migrating to the south and west for the last several years, particularly from states in the Northeast.

That trend held true in 2020, despite the coronavirus pandemic, according to a study by United Van Lines. Using data from moves conducted by the company in the 48 contiguous states, plus a survey of customers, the company compiled a list of the states people moved to and from the most. Here’s what they found:


Since 1977, United Van Lines annually tracks migration patterns on a state-by-state basis. The 2020 study is based on household moves handled by United within the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. and ranks states based off the inbound and outbound percentages of total moves in each state.

United classifies states as “high inbound” if 55 percent or more of the moves are going into a state, “high outbound” if 55 percent or more moves were coming out of a state or “balanced” if the difference between inbound and outbound is negligible. To access the study details and creative assets, use the link to the press kit at the top of the page.

Here are the 10 states people left the most in 2020:

10. Maryland

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9. Ohio

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8. Massachusetts

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7. North Dakota

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6. Kansas

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5. California

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4. Connecticut

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3. Illinois

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3. New York

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1. New Jersey

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Constance Brinkley-Badgett

Constance Brinkley-Badgett is MediaFeed’s executive editor. She has more than 20 years of experience in digital, broadcast and print journalism, as well as several years of agency experience in content marketing. She has served as a digital producer at NBC Nightly News, Senior Producer at CNBC, Managing Editor at ICF Next, and as a tax reporter at Bloomberg BNA.