Which U.S. states are booming, in 4 charts

The housing markets in Oregon, Texas and North Dakota are booming, and residents are fleeing Northeastern states in droves.

At least that’s the story one can glean from Atlas Van Lines. The company issued its annual report Thursday that shows a snapshot of where people rented their moving equipment, and where they ended up. Significantly more traffic was headed into eight states and the District of Columbia, while more people moved out of 11 states, the data show.



Sixty percent of the moving traffic in Connecticut was headed out of state, the company reported. Among the other big population losers: New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: North Dakota is booming. Two-thirds of the Atlas Van traffic in the state, which is experiencing huge growth due to the Bakken oil region, came from migrants who moved in. The U.S. Census Bureau said earlier this week that North Dakota had grown faster than any other state, at a rate of 3.1 percent, over the last year.


Graphic courtesy Atlas Van Lines, http://www.atlasvanlines.com/migration-patterns/

North Carolina and Texas also saw big influxes of movers. Over the last 10 years, two-thirds of all van traffic in the nation’s capital has been headed into Washington, D.C., reversing decades of suburban flight.


Graphic courtesy Atlas Van Lines, http://www.atlasvanlines.com/migration-patterns/

Meanwhile, residents in Midwestern and Atlantic states are most likely to wave goodbye to their neighbors. Van traffic has been most consistently outbound in New York, Indiana, New Jersey and Ohio over the last decade.


Graphic courtesy Atlas Van Lines, http://www.atlasvanlines.com/migration-patterns/

Atlas has released its study every year since 1993. The company’s data suggests that while the great recession slowed many internal migration patterns over the last few years, that flexibility appears to be coming back: The total number of moves increased 6 percent between 2012 and 2013.

Reid Wilson covers state politics and policy for the Washington Post's GovBeat blog. He's a former editor in chief of The Hotline, the premier tip sheet on campaigns and elections, and he's a complete political junkie.
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