Among Americans who moved to a new state in 2013, the largest percentage moved to Oregon. According to their annual migration study, United Van Lines tracked 129,000 total moves in the U.S., while more than 61% of all interstate moves made in Oregon were inbound.
Washington D.C.––which held the top spot for the past 5 years––fell to fourth place, tying with South Dakota.
South Carolina came in second with 60% inbound, then North Carolina at 58%, and Nevada at 56%.
“Business incentives, industrial growth and relatively lower costs of living are attracting jobs and people to the Southeastern and Western states, such as South Dakota, Colorado, and Texas,” said UCLA economist Michael Stoll.
The lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest is also very attractive, Stoll points out. Public transportation, green spaces, and the local arts scene are among many reasons young professionals and retirees choose to move to this area of the country. Another reason, according to Stoll, is that Oregon is similar to California but with significantly lower home prices.
Source: CNN Money
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