Atlas reveals 2016 national household goods relocations trends.

Position:ON THE MOVE - Atlas Van Lines

We are a Nation on the move, but--according to one company--not quite as much as last year. Atlas Van Lines recently released its annual National Migration Patterns study which shows household good movements for 2016 were down compared to 2015.

Eleven US states, along with the nation's capital, experienced a shift in migration status for the year. The study found 15 states registered as outbound and 9 as inbound, in addition to Washington, DC. In addition, 26 states registered as balanced meaning that moves in and out of the states were roughly equal.

The company has conducted the study since 1993 to track the nation's interstate moving patterns year to year as reflected in moves handled by Atlas. This year's study was based on 75,427 interstate and cross-border household goods relocations from January 1, 2016 through December 15, 2016.


The 10 states with the highest percentage of inbound moves and outbound moves in order are:


  1. Idaho (63 percent)

  2. Oregon (62 percent)

  3. North Carolina (61 percent)

  4. Tennessee (60 percent)

  5. Alaska (59 percent)

  6. Washington (58 percent)

  7. Michigan (57.2 percent)

  8. Washington DC (57.1 percent)

  9. Florida (56 percent)

  10. New Hampshire (55.1 percent)


  11. Wyoming (63 percent)

  12. Nebraska (61 percent)

  13. Illinois (60 percent)

  14. Delaware (59.5 percent)

  15. Louisiana (59 percent)

  16. Connecticut (58.9 percent)

  17. New York (58.7 percent)

  18. West Virginia (58.6 percent)

  19. Indiana (58 percent)

  20. South Dakota (57.6 percent)

    This is the first year Idaho has been the study's inbound leader. However, Wyoming also topped the outbound list in 2012. Former inbound states Alabama, Maine, North Dakota, Rhode

    Island and Texas became balanced in 2016. After spending 2015 as balanced states, Michigan, New Hampshire and Washington, DC became inbound while Kansas shifted to outbound. In addition, Minnesota, New Jersey and Wisconsin changed from outbound to balanced in 2016.

    In 2016, the total number of interstate and interprovincial moves reached 75,427, down from 77,705 in 2015. For the fifth consecutive year, the states with the highest number of total moves were California (14,995), Texas (11,973) and Florida (10,231).

    "The moving industry as a whole has contracted annually over the last five years, but we have been fortunate to see a consistent increase in moves during that time until this year," said Jack Griffin, CEO and Vice Chairman of Atlas World Group. "We are cautiously optimistic that we will see...

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