People are moving to Vermont in droves.

And it’s no surprise that Vermont is ranking as the most popular state.

According to the 2017 United Van Lines National Movers Study,  Vermont had the highest percentage of inbound migration in 2017 with nearly 68 percent of moves to and from the state being inbound.

The results of the United Van Lines’ 41st Annual National Movers Study(link is external), which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns over the past year, indicate that Vermont has been a top destination state for the past few years.

“For more than 40 years, United Van Lines has been tracking which states people are moving to and from. We also survey our customers to understand why they are moving from state-to-state,” said Melissa Sullivan, director of marketing communications at United Van Lines. “As the nation’s largest household goods mover, the data we collect is reflective of national migration trends.” (United Van Lines).

A state is designated an “inbound” destination if more than 55% of the moves (according to the study) were made into the state, vice-versa for “outbound” movers.

Moving In
The top inbound states of 2017 were:
1. Vermont
2. Oregon
3. Idaho

Moving Out
The top outbound states for 2017 were:
1. Illinois
2. New Jersey
3. New York

The majority of Vermont movers were older, with 28% of movers indicating they planned to retire in Vermont. On the other hand, 75% of those leaving the green state indicated they left for a job or career.

25% of respondents moving to Vermont indicated they moved to the green state for the lifestyle. With the rest of the northeastern states seeing deficits, it is a small wonder the lifestyle and health is one of the biggest draws. And that is something we can certainly appreciate  to as we Vermonters enjoy ample four season recreational opportunities!

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