Was your New Year’s resolution to finally open your own business? Or maybe to open another location for your existing business? You may want to consider data from this new report released by United Van Lines – the largest moving company in America. Their research shows where most Americans moved in 2016. After all, it’s all about location, location, location right?

According to the annual National Movers Study, South Dakota holds the no. 1 spot for the nation’s “top moving destination.” Coming in second is Vermont, followed by Oregon. New Jersey claims the top spot for the number of people moving out. That’s followed by Illinois and New York.

About the study

This study has tracked migration patterns annually on a state-by-state basis since 1977. The data for 2016’s report was based on household moves handled by United with in the 48 contiguous states and DC. It ranks states based off the inbound and outbound percentages of total moves in each state.

Top inbound states

  1. South Dakota
  2. Vermont
  3. Oregon
  4. Idaho
  5. South Carolina
  6. Washington
  7. DC
  8. North Carolina
  9. Nevada
  10. Arizona

Top outbound states

  1. New Jersey
  2. Illinois
  3. New York
  4. Connecticut
  5. Kansas
  6. Kentucky
  7. West Virginia
  8. Ohio
  9. Utah
  10. Pennsylvania

Neutral states (ones that remained balanced)

  1. California
  2. New Mexico
  3. Delaware

Why people are moving

The most popular reason for moves in the Mountain West region was retirees, with one in four movers indicating they chose to move to that area for retirement reasons.

In the Midwest (63 percent) and Pacific West (62 percent) of inbound moves were due to company transfers.

Sixty-two percent of people who left the Southern region cited that they had found jobs elsewhere.

Across all regions, almost one in five of people who moved in 2016 did so to be closer to family.

To see the full study, click here.

Do any of the states on this list surprise you?

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