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Recently, American moving and relocation company United Van Lines released its annual "Movers Study." The research outlines the state-to-state movement of its customers to get a better understanding of migration patterns across the United States.
The study provides a decent sampling size (tracking states with at least 250 moves) for determining what states are adding citizens and what states are losing citizens – and a few clues as to why.
This year, the state with the largest percentage of inbound migration to a state was surprising.
After all, this state has the 11th smallest population in the United States, and it's not exactly known as a hub for technology startups or manufacturing.
Idaho saw 67.4% of state-to-state customer relocations using United Van Lines as inbound migrations. Given the proximity to California, Idaho has found itself as a desirable, less expensive destination with lower taxes and housing prices.
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I'm talking about other cities that saw similar swells of movers packing up and leaving high-tax states and turning to "secondary" markets with a more affordable lifestyle.
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High Growth in the City
Population growth in Idaho is booming. It was the first time in more than 25 years that Idaho led the survey results. But anyone paying attention wouldn't be surprised by the development.
The state has seen its population grow by nearly 14% since 2010, ranking seventh in growth rate out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Its capital, Boise, has grown by a staggering 18.5% since 2010, boosting property values, rents, and job demand in the process.
The only states outpacing Idaho are other popular, high-growth cities where millennials are flocking to. They include Salt Lake City, Dallas, Orlando, Tampa, Florida, Denver, Las Vegas, and the District of Columbia.
About the Author
Garrett Baldwin is a globally recognized research economist, financial writer, and consultant with degrees from Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, Purdue, and Indiana University. He is a seasoned financial and political risk analyst, with a focus on stocks, hedge funds, private equity, blockchain, and housing policy. He has conducted risk assessment projects for clients in 27 countries, and consulted on policy and financial operations for some of the nation's largest financial institutions, including a $1.5 trillion credit fund, a $43 billion credit and auto loan giant, as well as two of the largest Wall Street banks by assets under management.
Garrett joined Money Map Press as an economist and researcher in 2011, specializing in alternative strategies with an emphasis on fundamental and technical analysis.