If voting with your feet is an economic indicator, then (percentage-wise) Washington, D.C., is America’s move-to Mecca and Ohio’s exit ramps are doing a brisk business.
Florida? It’s what they call, “Balanced.”
That categorization is based on “2011 Migration Patterns,” a report released by Atlas Van Lines, Inc., and based on 80,289 Interstate and Cross-Border Household Goods Relocations from Jan. 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2011.
Atlas, which has been tracking such numbers since 1993, issues a Patterns report each January after it gathers and reviews data on the origins and destinations of interstate moves. This year’s Migration Patterns study helps provide a snapshot of relocation patterns, showing an overall increase in the number of moves over last year, analysts said.
The result: “Southwestern and Mid-Atlantic coastal states were popular destinations in 2011. The Midwest continues to lose residents, but Michigan became a balanced state after six consecutive years of steady outbound moves.”
The inbound winner, percentage-wise, was Washington, D.C., a title it’s held six years running. The 2011 numbers: 591 in, 265 out.
Ohio was the state with the highest percentage of outbound moves: 2,876. The Buckeye state’s inbound numbers for 2011 were 1,890.
Florida’s numbers (5,636 in and 5,269 out) were close enough to equilibrium for Atlas analysts to categorize the Sunshine State as “Balanced,” a condition it’s been in since 2005.
California, also a Balanced state, came in on top overall with nearly 15,000 total moves (7,803 in plus 6,758 out) for 2011.
Here’s a 2011 regional snapshot:
Northern – New Hampshire went from Inbound to “perfectly” Balanced, with 267 in and 267 out. Massachusetts, Connecticut and West Virginia became Outbound.
Southeast – Balanced with the exception of Louisiana, which shifted to Outbound as it lost 1,165 and gained 920.
Southwest – Texas and New Mexico continued to be Inbound.
Mid-Atlantic – Virginia and North Carolina are Inbound. Kentucky went from Inbound to Balanced.
Midwestern States – Michigan became Balanced after a six-year streak as an Outbounder. Wisconsin, Nebraska and Kansas went to Outbound – they’d each previously been Balanced, for seven, nine and 10 years, respectively.
Western – The majority are Balanced. Only two states changed status: Utah is now Outbound; Wyoming is now Balanced.
“Our annual migration patterns study is an interesting gauge of the economy, where economic development is taking place and trends to follow throughout the upcoming year,” said Jack Griffin, president and COO of Atlas World Group. “These new findings are especially promising, as we saw the number of moves increase yet again across North America.”
A detailed interactive map of “2011 Migration Patterns” is available online.