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Moving Trends In 2008

The number one destination for people looking to move state-to-state in 2008 was once again Las Vegas, according to a recent analysis by Relocation.com, a consumer resource for moving services. After Sin City, Denver, Charlotte, N.C., Phoenix, Portland, Ore., and Seattle were most appealing to movers, the report finds.

Michigan and the Great Lakes region continued to see population losses, while Southern states, especially North and South Carolina saw increasing numbers of new residents. For every 100 people interested in moving to Michigan, 210 people wanted to move out. Ohio wasn’t far behind with 150 people looking to relocate for every 100 people wanting to move in. On the other hand, North Carolina saw nearly 80 percent more people wanting to move to the state than leave, and South Carolina saw nearly 70 percent more interest in entering the state than leaving it. In general, the Northeast, Great Lakes and Midwest showed more people moving out than in, and the South, Mountain West and Pacific Northwest showed the opposite.

Although the data represents only 3.5 percent of people who moved around the country, Bill Sheehan, chief operating officer of Relocation.com, says it’s still a “good gauge” of where people are moving and for what reasons. “The data also offer a sneak peek at where people want to move in the future, because many people request moving quotes several months from the time they want to move,” he says.

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