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Washington D.C. Attracts Most New Residents

Tuesday, January 10, 2012   /   by Nathan Clark

Washington D.C. Attracts Most New Residents

The long-held belief about people making interstate moves is that they go where the jobs are. A recent report from a moving company, though, shows that jobs might not be the only consideration.

The United Van Lines annual migration study, which tracked about 146,000 moves in 2011, revealed that Washington D.C. led the United States in net population gain from interstate moves. The nation’s capital, which has added about 150,000 jobs since 2008, had twice as many people move into the area than out last year.

North Carolina, Florida, Oregon and Nevada were the top four states when it came to more people moving in than leaving. Illinois led the nation the other way, with 61 percent of its interstate moves involving people going out of state. New Jersey, New York, Michgan and the New England states also showed net losses, according to the study.

Somewhat surprising, however, was North Dakota, for which 56 percent of the interstate moves were outbound, despite jobs growth that has kept the state’s unemployment rate the lowest in the country.
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