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Moving Trends in the US

April 17, 2019 — 3 min read

Did you know more homes will be sold during the first two weeks of May than any other time of the year? With thousands of homes being sold each day in the US, we began to wonder what these moving trends looked like. Where are people moving to, and why?

States on the Rise

According to Move Matcher, about 40 million Americans move each year. Surprisingly, recent reports show people moving out of the states with the top three largest cities in the country to primarily southern states, with a few exceptions.

So, which state holds the spot for highest inbound moves?


You read that right. With the rising cost of living in California and surrounding hubs such as Portland and Seattle, Idaho has become the new frontier for high-end homes for a fraction of the cost. Forbes listed Boise, ID as the fastest growing US city in 2018, before Seattle and Dallas. Population growth of 3.08% in 2017 has increased projected wage and home price growth.

Other states with high inbound moves:

  • Arizona
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • North Carolina

States in Decline

When you think of in-demand locations to live, you might think of states with the large populations, big cities, and high rates of tourism. Nevertheless, the need for affordable housing with livable wages has pushed many to pack up and move out from these locations. The state with the biggest outbound moves is ... Illinois.

Illinois has been the highest ranked state for outbound moves four times in the past five years. The state lost over 45,000 residents between 2017 and 2018 alone, only adding to the staggering 100,000 residents that have left since 2013. So, why are people leaving? Reasons range from local politics, declining birth rates, and many other factors.

Other states with high outbound moves:

  • California
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Maryland

Oregon Remains Steady

The trend to move from expensive hubs to smaller southern suburbs has decreased populations across the US. However, Portland remains steady with a population increase of 1.2% from July 2017-July 2018.

With the metro topping off at about 2.45 million people, the region continues to see growth but at a slowing pace. Portland remains the nation's 25th largest metro area.

Oregon, like many states, has seen a decline in birth rates over the past decade. However, Portland and the surrounding suburbs have attracted major movement from states like California, Washington, Texas, and even states as far as Florida. The lack of sales tax and bountiful outdoor activities definitely has its appeal to out-of-staters.

Oregon is also home to many large corporation headquarters, such as NIKE, Columbia, Google, and Intel. The job market in Portland continues to provide transplants with opportunities that other cities on the west coast cannot. The job growth rate in Portland came in at 7% higher than the national average. Pretty great, right?

Whether you're moving counties, or across state lines, PRM offers a variety of loans to fit your lifestyle and needs. Our locations reach from Oregon to Idaho, Arizona to Texas, and we are only getting bigger.

Thinking of making a move? Contact us today for more information about our products and services.

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