United Van Lines has released its 39th Annual National Movers Study, which "tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns" during 2015. Here's a visual representation of its findings for the lower 48 states of the Union. Click the graphic for a larger view.
It's noteworthy that most of the states losing large numbers of people are run by big-government, statist administrations and dominated by the Democratic Party. The top five population losers were:
- New Jersey
- New York
Those gaining large numbers of people often have statist pockets within them (usually large cities) but in general are less big-government-oriented and more business- and individual-friendly. The top five population gainers were:
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
Texas, which Miss D. and I will henceforth call home, is ninth on the list of top population gainers. Looks like we're following a trend, although our reasons aren't primarily economic and therefore are probably different from most.