2023 Atlas Van Lines Migration Patterns Study

Where Did People Move In 2023?

Atlas Van Lines’ 2023 Migration Patterns Study shows a correlation with some national data such as high inbound rates to hot housing markets in Maine and New Hampshire, as well as states that are good for business, including Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington. However, many of the country’s most affordable states have seen high rates of outbound moves, particularly in the Midwest, such as Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Ohio.

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2023 Top 10 Inbound States

In 2022, North Carolina and Maine ranked #1 and #2 for the top inbound states. They maintained their leadership position in 2023, but switched spots, with Maine taking the #1 ranking for top inbound state. New Hampshire made the largest jump in top inbound states, going from 10th to 3rd.

  1. Maine
  2. North Carolina
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Montana
  5. Washington
  6. Arkansas
  7. Florida
  8. New Mexico
  9. Washington D.C.
  10. Texas

2023 Top 10 Outbound States

Pennsylvania’s rate of outbound moves dramatically increased in 2023, moving from #7 to #2. Oregon had a sharp increase in people leaving the state as well, moving from #10 to #6 in the list. Meanwhile, the exodus from Indiana has seemed to slow, although it remains high on the outbound list. Illinois remains the #1 state people are leaving.

  1. Ilinois
  2. Pennsylvania
  3. Louisiana
  4. Minnesota
  5. Indiana
  6. Oregon
  7. Iowa
  8. Mississippi
  9. New York
  10. Ohio

Where Are People Moving In The U.S.?

Here's a look at the inbound and outbound moves for every state.

2023 Top 10 International Inbound Countries

From 2022 to 2023, South Korea and the United Kingdom switched spots in the list of Top 10 Inbound Countries. Bahrain jumped from #10 in 2022 to #5 in 2023. China, France, Spain, and Thailand all made the list in 2022 but did not make the list in 2023. Newcomers for 2023 include Jordan, India, Kuwait, and Canada.

  1. Japan
  2. South Korea
  3. Germany
  4. United Kingdom
  5. Bahrain
  6. Australia
  7. Canada
  8. Kuwait
  9. India
  10. Jordan

2023 Top 10 International Outbound Countries

The Top 10 Outbound Countries in 2023 saw 4 newcomers to the list: Puerto Rico, Greece, Denmark, and Kuwait. These countries replaced France, Netherlands, China, and Singapore from the 2022 list.

  1. Japan
  2. South Korea
  3. Kuwait
  4. Germany
  5. Saudi Arabia
  6. Puerto Rico
  7. Greece
  8. India
  9. Denmark
  10. United Kingdom

How Is Status Determined?

Each state or province’s status is determined by its threshold value, which is the total number of shipments multiplied by 0.55 (i.e., in a state with 100 moves, at least 55 must be outgoing to be considered outbound). All other states or provinces in which outbound or inbound numbers do not exceed the threshold are classified as balanced. Canadian interprovincial and cross-border (from the U.S. to Canada) shipments are both referenced in the study. International moves indicate both states and countries to which Atlas® World Group International sent the most shipments from international origin countries in 2023.

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