PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon was the No. 1 destination for U.S. movers in 2014, according to an annual study by United Van lines.
About 38 percent of the people moving to The Beaver State did so because they got new jobs. Retirement led to 29 percent of the inbound moves.
Rounding out the top five states that saw more inbound than outbound moves were South Carolina, North Carolina, Vermont and Florida.
The study showed that residents are increasingly leaving the Northeast. The top two states for outbound moves were New Jersey and New York, followed by Illinois.
The top inbound states of 2014 were (in order) Oregon, South Carolina, North Carolina, Vermont, Florida, Nevada, Texas, District of Columbia, Oklahoma and Idaho.
The Western U.S. is represented on the high-inbound list by Oregon (66 percent) and Nevada (57 percent). Of moves to Oregon, a new job (38 percent) and retirement (29 percent) led the reasons for most inbound moves. Nevada remained on the high inbound list for the fourth consecutive year.
The top outbound states for 2014 were (in order) New Jersey, New York, Illinois, North Dakota, West Virginia, Ohio, Kansas, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
In addition to the Northeast, Illinois (63 percent) held steady at the No. 3 spot, ranking in the top five for the last six years.
New additions to the 2014 top outbound list include North Dakota (61 percent), Ohio (59 percent), Kansas (58 percent) and Mississippi (55 percent).