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More Americans Moving to the South and West

June 24, 2014

Between 2010 and 2013, nearly a million people migrated to Texas, Florida, the Carolinas and Colorado, reports Stateline.

  • 1.2 million Americans left the Northeast and the Midwest for the South and West in just three years, from 2010 to 2013.
  • New York, Illinois, California, New Jersey and Michigan have lost almost a million residents to interstate moves.
  • North Carolina and Texas are popular destinations for interstate movers. Additionally, they each have a high percentage of residents who are born and remain in the states.
  • Over the last 10 years, the number of people moving to Texas has quadrupled. Texas' top-gaining cities include Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth and Dallas.
  • Other states with booming economies based on oil and gas, such as Montana and North Dakota, have also become popular destinations. In one decade, North Dakota turned a net loss of residents into a gain.

Movers cite employment as the most common reason for their moves.

The NCPA's State Tax Calculator allows users to plug in their information and see how much moving to another state could save them in taxes over a lifetime.

Source: Tim Henderson, "South and West Draw Highest Share of Newcomers," Stateline, June 3, 2014.


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