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January 2, 2020

CT 4th in people moving out of state, moving company says

Photo | United Van Lines Connecticut has become a popular moving destination during COVID-19.
Image | United Van Lines

Outmigration kept moving companies busy in Connecticut last year, new data shows.

A new study by United Van Lines, a St. Louis-based moving company that tracks customers' state-to-state migration habits, says Connecticut ranked fourth in 2019 for the highest percentage of outbound migration among states recording over 250 moves.

In total, 63 percent, up slightly from a year ago, of 1,971 moves last year were outbound trips and 37 percent were inbound trips, according to the company’s 43rd annual National Movers Study.

That follows a trend in the Northeast as several states are facing an exodus of Baby Boomers, or those ages 55 to 74 years old. In addition to Connecticut, New Jersey (68.5 percent) and New York (63.1 percent) ranked first and third, respectively, in outbound trips.

Income among individuals moving in and out of Connecticut, according to United Van Lines.

The top reasons people cited for leaving the Northeast included retirement (26.85 percent) and jobs (40.1 percent). Connecticut residents cited jobs (37.3 percent), retirement (34.8 percent), family (23.8 percent) and lifestyle (18.4 percent) as their top reasons for leaving the state.

On the flip side, people said jobs (59 percent), family (24.6 percent) and lifestyle (9.6 percent) were the top three reasons they moved to Connecticut.

Meantime, the top five inbound states last year were Idaho (67.4 percent inbound), Oregon (65.7 percent), Arizona (63.2 percent), South Carolina (61.8 percent) and Washington (59.5 percent).

Connecticut’s migration data airs days after the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the state lost 6,233 residents from July 2018 to July 2019, or 0.2 percent of its overall population. That was higher than a decline of 1,215 residents from the year-ago period.

The state now has a total of 3,565,287 residents.

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