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Just a year ago Texas and Florida were high on the listfollowed by California, Washington, and Minnesota. That year, Americans continued to move west and south, according to United Van Lines’ 44th annual national migration study, with South Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota and Arizona rounding off the top five inbound states.

“United Van Lines data shows that migration to western and southern states, a pattern prevalent in recent years, continued into 2020,” said Michael A. Stoll, economist and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles in a publication. “However, we see that the COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly accelerated broader trends, including retirement, which is fueling key inbound regions as the baby boomer generation continues to move into the next stage of life.”

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Where do all these newcomers come from? Among the states with large exodes, New Jersey and New York, along with other east coast states, topped the list: Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maryland. But California, one of the top states Americans moved to in 2019, also hit the top ten outbound states this year.

While moving during a pandemic can be a logistical and health nightmare, some Americans said COVID-19 was the reason they were moving. Almost two-thirds of respondents said concerns about personal and family health and wellbeing were reasons for moving alongside changes in employment and lifestyle.

“As more people experience job and lifestyle changes such as remote working during the pandemic, we see that they can live more flexibly – many are choosing to move from urban to more rural areas,” said Eily Cummings, director of corporate communications at United Van Lines said in the press release.

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