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Michigan Backslides In Moving Company’s 2021 Migration Data

United Van Lines moved more people out of the state than into it

Michigan was the sixth from the bottom in a United Van Lines 2021 report ranking states on the percentage of inbound versus outbound migration. The moving company reports that 57.7% of its Michigan moves were outbound from the state. Only 42.3% were inbound.

In 2020, the inbound/outbound numbers were almost evenly split, which was a change from 2019, when 56.9% of its interstate moves involving Michigan were outbound.

The only states that had an even higher rate of outbound migration last year were California, Connecticut, New York, Illinois and New Jersey.

The company said that in 2021, one-third (33.6%) of outbound moves from Michigan were due to jobs, while 28% of its customers cited family considerations. On the inbound side, 48% of those moving to Michigan cited family as the reason.

Other reasons customers gave for leaving the state were retirement (26.94%), lifestyle (16.44%), health (5.71%), and cost of living (1.83%).

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