Americans are on the move, but where are they moving to, from and why?

January 7, 2019 | By Wendy Rawley

Americans are on the move, but where are they moving to, from and why?

Interactive Map: To understand inbound and outbound percentages for each state, use the legend. To view reasons for moving and demographic data, select the year and state that you would like to view using the dropdown menus. (If you are using a desktop computer, you can use your mouse to click and select a state.) Please note that percentages pertaining to demographic data may not always total 100% due to respondents having the ability to opt out of answering survey questions and/or to select more than one survey response per question.

People come and go for a variety of reasons: Job change. Retirement. A close family member falls ill. In California, residents most often come and go for employment-related reasons. That's according to the 42nd annual "National Movers Study," conducted by United Van Lines and published last week. The study tracked its customers' state-to-state migration patterns in 2018.

Here's what they found for California:

  • Inbound
    • Retirement: 10. 13 percent
    • Health: 5.41 percent
    • Family: 17.03 percent
    • Lifestyle: 9.90 percent
    • Job: 62.49 percent
  • Outbound
    • Retirement: 22 percent
    • Health: 5.88 percent
    • Family: 24.94 percent
    • Lifestyle: 19.81 percent
    • Job: 41.19 percent


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