BY REBECCA SHEEHAN
Being No. 1 is a huge deal. First place, being the top dog in the United States uually is a proud accomplishment.
However, when being No.1 means that you are the top state that residents are fleeing or moving away from – you might not want to own those bragging rights.
United Van Lines, a commercial moving company, released a 2012 migration study reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer, of those it has moved throughout the nation and it shows 62 percent are migrating out of New Jersey rather than moving into the state.
The recent destruction from Hurricane Sandy is directly related to the nearly 3,925 people the van line moved out of the Garden State last year.
“As the nation’s largest household goods mover, United’s data is an accurate reflection of the overall U.S. moving trends,” explained Carl Walter, vice president of United Van Lines on the company’s website. “Tracking the number of inbound and outbound domestic moves helps provide insight into overall migration trends.”
Economist Michael Stoll, chair of the department of public policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, believes there is a direct correlation or trend with people leaving the Northeast and migrating to the Southeast and it has to deal with jobs, housing, taxes and weather. Stoll himself is a perfect example of this trend when he left the East Coast cities of New York and Boston for the sunny west coast of Los Angeles and UCLA over 12 years ago.
So if people do not want to live in New Jersey, than where do they want to live? Based on the 2012 United Van Lines Migration poll, Washington DC, Oregon, Nevada and the Carolinas are among the top states.
The states with the highest outbound migration in 2012 were, from first to fifth, New Jersey, Illinois, West Virginia, New York and New Mexico, according to The Huffington Post.
United Van Lines has been tracking such data since 1977.