People may love New York, but just to visit. More people are moving out of the Empire state but surprisingly we don't top the list.

United Van Lines’ National Movers Study shows more people are leaving Illinois than any other state, followed by New Jersey and THEN New York. High taxes, employment opportunities and weather is to blame for the mass exodus from New York.

Moving Out
1. Illinois
2. New Jersey
3. New York
4. Connecticut
5. Kansas

Where is everybody moving to? You'd think South for the warmer weather but you'd be wrong. The top state everyone is moving to is Vermont. The Carolinas made the list, but they are further down the list at 7 and 8. Surprisingly South Dakota is the 5th highest state with people moving in. South Dakota?! I'd never have guessed. What the heck is in South Dakota that's so attracting? Lower taxes and better employment opportunities? Because it definitely can't be the weather.

Moving In
1. Vermont
2. Oregon
3. Idaho
4. Nevada
5. South Dakota

“This year’s data reflects longer-term trends of movement to the western and southern states, especially to those where housing costs are relatively lower, climates are more temperate and job growth has been at or above the national average, among other factors,” said Michael Stoll, economist and professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. “We’re also seeing continued migration to the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West as young professionals and retirees leave California.”


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