S.C. now fifth most popular moving destination

welcometosc11Americans are moving in search of cheaper places to live, more jobs, warmer climates and green space and more are still finding a new home in South Carolina.

South Carolina was the second most popular moving destination in the U.S in 2015 and has now slipped to the fifth most popular, according to United Van Lines’ 40th Annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns over the past year. 

South Dakota now has the top spot. Oregon was the top moving destination for the previous three years in a row but slipped to 3rd this year.

The Southern states as a whole saw a high number of people moving in with a large percentage of total moves being inbound. In a separate survey of its customers, United Van Lines found the top reasons for moving South included company transfer/new job, retirement and proximity to family.movingtosc1

“The aging Boomer population is driving relocation from the Northeast and Midwest to the West and South, as more and more people retire  warmer regions,” said Michael Stoll, economist, professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles.

“We are seeing people drawn for lifestyle issues: more green space and looking for a lower cost of living,” said Melissa Sullivan, director, marketing communications at UniGroup, which operates United Van Lines.

The top inbound states of 2016 were:

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

The top outbound states for 2016 were:

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