Thousands of people are packing boxes, renting moving trucks and preparing moving plans together with professionals while you are reading this post. Or at least they are thinking about all these tasks coming up this summer.

Americans move a lot. Chasing perfect career path or creating a family in a better area for kids are two common reasons why 35.5 million U.S citizens move each year. Aren’t you curious where 11% of the American population are moving yearly?

According to the 42nd Annual National Movers Study, Americans mostly moved to Vermont. The Grinch should be satisfied seeing the top ten inbound states. Los Angeles is not on the list.

The report reveals top 10 states Americans were moving to in 2018:

  1. Vermont
  2. Oregon
  3. Idaho
  4. Nevada
  5. Arizona
  6. South Carolina
  7. Washington
  8. North Carolina
  9. South Dakota
  10. District of Columbia

What is so special about these states that people are moving there? The main reason is very simple – career opportunities. According to research, the majority of people moved to one of these states last year due to the new job or company transfer.

However, working-age people are not the only ones who moved a lot in 2018. Retirement was among popular reasons to move too. Typically, seniors move to be closer to the family members, usually to spend more time with their grandkids.

Undoubtedly, a family is important to Americans. Changed relationship status or family situation are huge motives to move as well. The research tells that proximity to family and lifestyle change were among three main reasons to relocate.

The 42nd Annual National Movers Study also reveals the highest migration from ten states. According to the research, the top outbound states for 2018 were:

  1. New Jersey
  2. Illinois
  3. Connecticut
  4. New York
  5. Kansas
  6. Ohio
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Iowa
  9. Montana
  10. Michigan

Bad news for New Jersey. It has been on this list for the past decade. Finally, it made it to the top. Though, such achievement cannot be celebrated.

However, there are not only good or bad places to live, start a family, enjoy free days of retirement or climb the corporate ladder. A few states in America are neutral, or like the study suggests “balanced states”.

Arkansas and Mississippi are two states where the number of inbound movers and outbound movers was almost the same in 2018.