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A young couple unpacks boxesIt’s interesting to think about what America will look like after another decade has passed. What will our national landscape be? Perhaps more so than political motivators (we could all do with a little less politics this year, after all), one of the biggest drivers behind how America grows and changes has to do with where people decide to live within it. Migration rates are the crystal ball that lets us see how the country will develop, and where people are more inclined to live. Here are the states with the highest migration rates in 2015, according to United Van Lines…


Much of the northeast region of the United States has seen much higher percentages of outgoing migration than incoming migration. However, Vermont has been a clear outlier in that category. Based on the United Van Lines study, exactly 62% of interstate migration in Vermont has been incoming moves.

As opposed to many states in New England, Vermont has a relatively low population density, which is appealing to many in that region. Vermont also sports the lowest crime rate in the country, while maintaining a highly educated population, which makes the state highly appealing for many young families.


Similar to other parts of the northwestern United States, Idaho has seen more people moving into it than moving out of it. Based on the United Van Lines study, about 60.5% of interstate moves in Idaho were incoming. However, as opposed to the rest of the northwest, there is a hidden negative in Idaho’s migration statistics.

Idaho’s biggest migrational challenge, and one that could prove to be threatening to the state’s growth and economic stability, is the lack of educated young adults in the state. One issue that Idaho’s government and business community need to solve is the outgoing migration rates of educated millennials. Based on the Pew Research Center, Idaho ranks 44th in the country at retaining millennials who were born in the state, even though many of them were educated there.

North Carolina

Like it’s neighbor to the south, North Carolina also benefits from high incoming migration rates. Based on the United Van Lines study, nearly 59 percent of North Carolina’s migration rates come from interstate moves to the state. However, the demographics of these moves are a lot different than South Carolina.

While South Carolina’s interstate moves tend to trend a little older, especially towards the retirement age, North Carolina is attracting younger professionals to its burgeoning industrial opportunities. The notorious Research Triangle Park is located in North Carolina, where science and research are conducted en masse. There are over 170 large companies based in this area.