What states are people moving to? Economists would say that you can learn a lot from people “voting with their feet.” They leave states for many reasons: economic opportunity, lower taxes, weather, cost of living etc.
The 2009 Allied Van Lines 42nd Annual Magnet States Report is an useful report in understanding where people are moving to. There are some changes from last year that would suggest the economy has influenced people’s moving decisions.
Texas was the Best State to Move To in 2009. It had the most net people moves in the US, over three times more than any other state. It was also the most popular state to move to in 2008. Arizona and North Carolina, which was ranked 2 in 2008, were also popular states to move to. They were very close in net moves being separated by only 2 moves according to Allied Van Lines.
According to the annual magnet report, the Best States to Move To in 2009 were Texas, Arizona, North Carolina, Colorado and Florida.
The Worst States to Move To in 2009 were Michigan, Illinois,Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California. New York is also an unpopular state to move to. Both Illinois and New York have now lost population, according to the Allied study, for 33 straight years!! California lost people in 2009. Its 12.4% unemployment rate may have had something to do with this exodus. See also Taxpayers Leave New York and People Choose Best States to Live with their Feet
It should also be noted that this survey is not a definitive migration study. Florida, for example according to the Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research, lost population in 2009 for the first time in 63 years. This is at odds with the Allied stats. See
Political leaders in states where people are leaving should take note. When people leave a state, something is not working for them in that state.