An annual study shows people are moving to the south in the United States in a pretty big way.
United Van Lines does a migration study every year and it shows Americans are migrating to the west and the south.
Here's the list of the top inbound states during 2020:
  • Idaho
  • South Carolina
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Arizona
  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Arkansas

Here's the list of the top outbound states for the year:

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Illinois
  • Connecticut
  • California
  • Kansas
  • North Dakota
  • Massachusetts
  • Ohio
  • Maryland

For Louisiana, the report shows we have total inbound traffic of 47.3% with outbound traffic of 52.7%.

Why are people leaving Louisiana? 72% report they leave for a job in another state. Nearly 12% leave to be closer to family members in other states. Another 9% leave Louisiana when they retire. 57% of the outbound traffic involves folks between the ages of 18 and 44.

Another stat that is disturbing in this report is that 70% of the outbound traffic from Louisiana makes more than $100,000 dollars a year. But the numbers also show 70% of our inbound traffic makes more than $100,000 dollars, so that kind of balances out a bit.


During the pandemic of 2020, several large cities saw big numbers of folks leaving. New York City (72%), Newark (72%) and Chicago (69%), experienced greater outbound migration, while the report says lower-density cities like Wilmington, North Carolina (79%) and Boise, Idaho (75%) saw high levels of inbound moves.
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