ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — According to the 2019 National Movers Study, Illinois was the second most moved-out of state in the U.S. 

The study, by United Van Lines, reported Americans are on the move, relocating to western and southern parts of the country. In 2019, more residents moved out of Illinois than into the state, with nearly 66 percent of moves being outbound.

The top-10 outbound states of 2019 were: 

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

According to the study, the Midwest continues to see more residents leaving than moving in, as nearly 57 percent of all Midwest moves in 2019 were outbound.

Over the past year, Idaho saw the highest percentage of inbound migration.

“Key factors like the Baby Boomer generation re-locating upon reaching retirement age as well as states’ economic performances and housing costs drove these 2019 moving patterns,” said Michael A. Stoll, economist and professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. “United Van Lines’ study encompasses data consistent with the broader migration trends to western and southern regions that we’ve been seeing for several years now.” 


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