Americans are moving.
And they're ditching their homes largely in the Northeast and Midwestern regions of the U.S. to head to states in the Mountain, South, and Pacific West, according to United Van Lines' 2017 National Movers Study, which tracks state-to-state migration patterns annually.
In 2017, Illinois and New Jersey residents left at the highest rates, while Vermont and Oregon had the highest percentages of inbound moves. Idaho, which was the fastest-growing state from 2016 to 2017, also had a high percentage of inbound migration, with about 63 percent of its interstate moves being inbound.
The movement reflects larger trends in Americans' living situations.
This year's data reflects longer-term trends of movement to the western and southern states, especially to those where housing costs are relatively lower, climates are more temperate and job growth has been at or above the national average, among other factors. We're also seeing continued migration to the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West as young professionals and retirees leave California.
North Carolina is a state where people are moving to, with an inbound rank of 8. In fact, 56.4% of those moving in North Carolina are inbound moves.
Nestled between South Carolina and Virginia, and spanning the Atlantic coastline, North Carolina offers a mild climate and 300 miles of shoreline. Geographically, the state is divided in three. Its Coastal Plain is filled with beautiful beaches, including the Outer Banks, which tops U.S. News’ list for Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA. Next comes the Piedmont, a plateau that stretches from Virginia to Alabama, and then the Appalachian Mountains.