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Red states... blue states... only this time, the colors have a much different meaning. Instead of political leanings, this time the colors denote states gaining or losing population.

North American Van Lines recently released their annual Migration Report, showing trends from 2022 of which states have more people leaving, or people moving in. Louisiana shows up as grey on the map, meaning we don't have a huge variance between those leaving and those coming in.  Louisiana's ratio, according to North American Van Lines, is 46% Inbound, while we have 54% outbound.  Not bad, but it's still more people leaving than moving in.


When determining the figures, NAVL uses data from many different angles, including population reports, and information from top companies in the moving industry tapping into insider knowledge. But they also dug a little deeper, breaking down which cities show the most growth over the past 12 months.  According to their 2022 data, the top 5 cities in the US with the highest influx of new residents are:

  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tucson, Arizona
  • Nashville, Tennessee

If you've been keeping up with the news at all over 2022, the figures really shouldn't be a surprise.  The states with the highest percentage of Inbound residents are more conservative leaning, like Texas and Florida.  While the states or cities with the highest percentage of Outbound residents tend to be those controlled by more liberal governors or mayors, like New York, California, and Michigan.

But it isn't just politics that determine migration patterns.  Other factors include quality of life with access to nature and family, income tax rates, and a lower cost of living.  Which might explain why Illinois has been the Top Outbound state for 9 years in a row.

If you want to see the interactive map of all 50 states and their Inbound/Outbound percentages, you can click HERE

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