Study: Higher number of residents moving out of Ohio, Kentucky than moving in

(Mark Moz / CC BY 2.0 / MGN)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Ohio and Kentucky were two of the top states for outbound moves in 2018, according to a study from United Van Lines.

The suburban St. Louis-based moving company released its 42nd annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers' state-to-state migration patterns.

New Jersey had highest outbound moves at 66.8%, followed by Illinois (65.9%), Connecticut (62%), New York (61.5%) and Kansas (58.7%). Ohio was sixth at 56.5%. Kentucky was just outside the top ten with 53.5%.

The study showed that Americans continue to move west and south. The Mountain West and South regions saw high percentages of inbound moves. The Northeast and Midwest had high percentages of outbound moves.

In the study, United Van Lines says, a "leading motivation behind these migration patterns across all regions is a career change, as the survey showed approximately one out of every two people who moved in the past year moved for a new job or company transfer."

Indiana had more inbound at 51.3%, thanks to a larger number of people age 45 to 54 moving into the Hoosier State rather than out.

Vermont has the second-smallest population among states, exceeding only Wyoming. Yet Vermont saw the highest percentage of inbound moves in 2018.

Four Western states filled out the top 5: Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona.


The top outbound states of 2018 were:

  1. New Jersey
  2. Illinois
  3. Connecticut
  4. New York
  5. Kansas
  6. Ohio
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Iowa
  9. Montana
  10. Michigan


The top inbound states of 2018 were:

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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