Being rated No. 1 isn’t always a good thing. That’s definitely true of United Van Lines 40th Annual National Movers Study, which awards New Jersey the top spot when it comes to people moving out of state. In 2016, according to the survey, 63 percent more folks moved out of state than moved in. Nearly 40 percent of those outbound cited employment as their reason; 31 percent said retirement; 20 percent said family; and 18 percent said lifestyle. Nearly half (45.03 percent) of those on the way out earned $150,000 or more a year.
United has tracked migration patterns annually on a state-by-state basis since 1977. For 2016, the study is based on household moves handled by United within the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C.