These are the states people are moving to the most


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Americans were on the move in 2019 and baby boomers led the way, according to an annual study conducted by United Van Lines. The study and its accompanying survey show that more baby boomers moved than any other age group last year, accounting for more than 45 percent of all the company’s inbound moves in 2019. 

“Key factors like the baby boomer generation re-locating upon reaching retirement age as well as states’ economic performances and housing costs drove these 2019 moving patterns,” said Michael A. Stoll, economist and professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. “United Van Lines’ study encompasses data consistent with the broader migration trends to western and southern regions that we’ve been seeing for several years now.”

Major reasons for moving south were retirement (24 percent) and job change (46 percent). Following this trend, Florida (58.1 percent) joined the list of top 10 inbound states for the first time since 2015. Among all states, more residents flocked to Florida for retirement (40.5 percent) and for lifestyle change (22.97 percent) than any other state. 

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The study looked at the number of moves in and out of the contiguous 48 states that were conducted by the moving company. Only states with more than 250 moves total were counted, which left Vermont out of the final tally. Though a higher percentage of people moved to Vermont than any other state (almost 75 percent of the moving company’s total moves in and out of the state), just 214 total moves were tallied.

Also, several states saw nearly the same number of residents moving inbound as outbound. Oklahoma and Maine are considered “balanced states,” with an almost equal 50/50 split among movers coming and going. 

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Things to consider when moving, especially in retirement

There’s often more to moving than meets the eye, especially when it comes to expenses. Here are 8 hidden costs of moving you may want to consider. And here are 9 ways to make the moving process easier.

Of course, it’s also a good idea to know just how far your finances will go in your chosen location, especially if you’re at or near retirement age.

These are the 10 most & least affordable states for retirement, and this is how much money you need to retire comfortably in every state.

Of course, if you’re more nomadic, keep in mind that plenty of people are choosing to spend retirement on the road. If you want to retire and live in an RV full-time, here are 8 things you need to know.

These are the 23 states more people were moving to than leaving in 2019:

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23. Nebraska

Total moves: 1,168

In: 51%

Out: 49%

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22. West Virginia

Total moves: 378

In: 51.1%

Out: 48.9%

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21. Georgia

Total moves: 7,103

In: 51.2%

Out: 48.8%

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20. Arkansas

Total moves: 1,089

In: 52.4%

Out: 47.6%

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19. New Hampshire

Total moves: 686

In: 52.8%

Out: 47.2%

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18. Rhode Island

Total moves: 707

In: 52.9%

Out: 47.1%

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17. Colorado

Total moves: 6,195

In: 53.4%

Out: 46.6%

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16. Wyoming

Total moves: 369

In: 55.3%

Out: 46.7%

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15. Delaware

Total moves: 513

In: 55.4%

Out: 44.6%

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14. Alabama

Total moves: 2,118

In: 55.5%

Out: 44.5%

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13. Texas

Total moves: 15,596

In: 55.6%

Out: 44.4%

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12. Nevada

Total moves: 2,175

In: 55.8%

Out: 44.2%

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11. Tennessee

Total moves: 4,094

In: 56.1%

Out: 43.9%

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10. New Mexico

Total moves: 1,516

In: 56.1%

Out: 43.9%

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9. North Carolina

Total moves: 7,660

In: 57.3%

Out: 42.7%

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8. South Dakota

Total moves: 357

In: 57.4%

Out: 42.6%

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7. Florida

Total moves: 13,611

In: 58.1%

Out: 41.9%

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6. District of Columbia

Total moves: 994

In: 59.3%

Out: 40.7%

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5. Washington

Total moves: 8,986

In: 59.5%

Out: 40.5%

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4. South Carolina

Total moves: 3,542

In: 61.8%

Out: 38.2%

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3. Arizona

Total moves: 5,315

In: 63.2%

Out: 37.8%

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2. Oregon

Total moves: 2,822

In: 65.7%

Out: 34.3%

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1. Idaho

Total moves: 1,056

In: 67.4%

Out: 32.6%

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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.