Statistics don't lie. They provide us with a great deal of insight, especially when the numbers are BIG.

When it comes to knowing which state is most popular to relocate to, the numbers (aka the multitudes of residents) speak for themselves. United Van Lines has been tracking the migration trends of the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. since 1977. Their findings speak volumes on the preferences  displayed for where many decide to call home, and where they decide not to call home.

[A state is classified as "high inbound" if 55% or more of United's customers move to that particular state; if 55% or more of customers moves out of a state, it's considered "high outbound."] 

Every year for the past twenty years, the statistics have shown that North Carolina has been a "high inbound" state. In 2013 it ranked 3 out of the 8 top inbound states at 58%, with the only two to beat it being #1 Oregon with a high of 61% and #2 South Carolina at 60%.

The reasons for North Carolina's consistent "inbound" status are numerous, but to get a firmer understanding let's look at why many people are choosing to move away from the top outbound states, including New Jersey, Illinois, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

The part of the country losing the most amount of people every year is the Northeast (which is obvious from the list above). Why? Cost of living is through the roof compared to the South. We're talking big dollars and signs different. Money can buy you a whole lot more in North Carolina than it can up North. 

According to Michael Stoll, UCLA economist, "Business incentives, industrial growth and relatively lower costs of living are attracting jobs and people to the Southeastern and Western States..." 

North Carolina has a lot to offer, and the statistics are proving that it's one of the best places in the US to live. If doubtful, remember this: ‚Äčnumbers don't lie

If you've decided relocating to the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area is in your future, contact Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team for a relocating packet. We'd be happy to help you! 


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