United Van Lines released the company's 46th Annual National Movers Study, which indicates Americans continued to move to lower-density areas.
The study revealed that Vermont saw the highest percentage of inbound migration (77%) for the second consecutive year. The top reasons for moving to Vermont were jobs and family.
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The top inbound states of 2022 were:
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
The top outbound states for 2022 were:
- New Jersey
- New York
The study also revealed more Baby Boomers and Gen Xers moved than any other age group last year, as those aged 55 and older accounted for more than 55% of all inbound United Van Lines moves in 2022.
Particularly troubling for Green Mountain residents is that over 60% of the population moving to Vermont report an income at least 50% higher than the state's current median household income, causing an even more significant negative impact on Vermont's housing shortage.
With one of the highest percentages of homes owned by people who don't live in them year-round, Vermont continues to seek solutions in all categories of housing needs.
The study relies on the single data point of United customers' state-to-state migration patterns, but the results of other studies are similar.