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January 4, 2021

United Van Lines throws cold water on CT hopes for pandemic population boost

Contributed photo CBRE says Connecticut saw an influx of New York City residents in 2020.

Fresh data from the nation’s largest household mover may deflate hopes that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in Connecticut’s population.

In its 44th Annual National Migration Study released Monday, United Van Lines revealed that 63.5% of its Connecticut moves in 2020 were customers moving out of the state, up from a previous seven-year high of 63% recorded in United Van Lines’ 2019 study.

Connecticut’s outbound migration continues to be the fourth highest in the country.

The new report comes just several months after United Van Lines had identified Connecticut as one of the top beneficiaries of pandemic-related inbound migration, with 20% of its Connecticut customers between March to August reporting that COVID-19 was a factor influencing their moving decision.

However, the new data suggest that the pandemic’s inbound influence was not enough to overcome the state’s overall outbound trend in 2020, as job-related inbound moves tumbled from nearly 59% in 2019 to under 35% in 2020.

United Van Lines based its Connecticut numbers on 1,867 inbound and outbound moves to and from the state during 2020.

While the long-running report has substantial data for most states, it does not reflect any moves handled by other moving companies. The U.S. Census Bureau plans to release updated state-level population data in the next few months, which will provide more insight into Connecticut’s population trends.

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