6/9/2008 - North Carolina Real Estate Remains Popular
Americans are still moving to North Carolina at a higher rate than any other state as more people migrate to the South and West and leave behind the Great Lakes region, according to a study from United Van Lines.
The St. Louis-based company, the nation's largest mover of household goods, has been tracking moves since 1977. The study looks at the 212,917 interstate household moves handled by the company in 2007 in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia, United spokeswoman Maya Lunnemann said Thursday.
For the second straight year, North Carolina had the highest inbound migration rate, with 61.6 percent of moves into the state. Nevada was second (59.4 percent), followed by the District of Columbia (58.5 percent), Oregon (58.4 percent), and Alabama (57.9 percent)...North Dakota was second only to Michigan in outbound moves. Michigan, with a struggling economy tied to problems in the auto industry, saw 67.8 percent outbound migration last year...A 13-year outbound trend continued for Missouri (51.4 percent). In Kansas, 51.6 percent of moves were inbound.
Carl Walter, vice president of United Van Lines, said the 31-year-old study has proven accurate in reflecting general migration patterns. Real estate firms, financial institutions and others use the data for planning and analysis, he said. The study did not seek to determine reasons for the migration.