Not one but two major moving firms say they are moving far more people out of Illinois. At two men and a truck local moves are big business. Nearly 35-hundred local moves a year -- compared to a little more than two hundred out of state. Joe Christensen co-owner of 2 men and a truck says "85 % of our moves are local moves so thats the big majority of our buisness and although we do move people out of the state we also see a lot of moves coming into the state as well" Recent surveys show those leaving Illinois outnumber those coming here. According to a new study by United Van Lines it ranks Illinois as the second-most 'move out' state next to New Jersey. New York, West Virginia and Connecticut round out the top five. A survey by Atlas Van Lines produced similar results and the reasons aren't difficult for people to understand. Joe Darnell says "you have to have something going for yourself it either has to have a good climate, low taxes, but unfortunately we have high taxes, bad climate, we dont have the kind of job security we used to". States on United's most popular 'move in' state's have a lot of those things. While there were some surprises in the top five United said most were in the South or West states with better business and job climates and lower taxes and once pople leave for them they are very unlikely to return. Joe Darnell says "I have friends that moved to california they did not come back i have friends that moved to florida they do not come back."Surveys by both United and Atlas Van Lines found more people are moving overall. Which is a sign that people are more confident in the future of the economy.
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