Van lines survey: VT second highest number of people moving in

For the third year in a row a survey by United Van Lines [Ed. updated link 3/17] suggests Vermont is a desirable location for people wishing to relocate. movinvtUnited is one of the nation’s largest moving companies and has tracked customer state-to-state migration for the past 40 years.  In the 2016 national study Vermont moved up from third to the second of the top states with increases of inbound moves.

Moving In: The top inbound states of 2016 were:

  1. South Dakota
  2. Vermont
  3. Oregon
  4. Idaho
  5. South Carolina
  6. Washington
  7. District of Columbia
  8. North Carolina
  9. Nevada
  10. Arizona 

Vermont’s jump continues our state’s trend up, which runs counter to other states’ trends in the Northeast. New Jersey tops outbound states with New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania continuing to have substantial outbound moves according to the United Van lines survey.

Despite certain demographic challenges to population growth (aging population, people leaving, and a low birth rate) Vermont is, at least according United’s survey, going against a trend toward outbound growth in Northeastern states. Although our population is staying the same or slightly declining we are doing something right regarding this positive trend.

3 thoughts on “Van lines survey: VT second highest number of people moving in

  1. Interesting this count is actual moves; whereas, the census count is basically a computer driven model. Makes one wonder who is correct. Are people moving out of Vermont or into Vermont?

    1. A good question, considering how often the issue of population stagnation and/or decline (and imaginary flight by wealthy due to taxes too) is considered in policy choices.

  2. What I think this tells us is relatively well-off people (those who can afford a moving company) are moving to Vermont. It might still be (or not) that people who can’t afford a mover are still leaving the state.

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