You had your suspicions and now the numbers are in to confirm what you already knew. More people are moving out of Michigan than moving in.

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Moving South, Moving East

United Van Lines, U-Haul, and Redfin crunched the numbers, indicating that Americans tend to be moving toward the South and the East, typically to less expensive areas with comparable amenities.

Eily Cummings is the Vice President of Corporate Communications for United Van Lines. He says affordable housing and job growth are among the reasons many Americans cite when relocating.

“We are continuing to see the trend that Americans are moving to more affordable, lower-density areas across the country, with many heading to Southern states,” Cummings says. “Movers are also becoming more strategic with their planning, as relocation continues to be driven by factors such as the price of housing, regional climates, urban planning and job growth.”


Moving Out of the Midwest

According to the surveys, here are the states that lost the highest numbers of residents in 2023:

  • #1 New Jersey
  • #2 (tie) Illinois
  • #2 (tie) North Dakota
  • #4 (tie) California
  • #4 (tie) Michigan
  • #6 Kansas

Outbound Traffic Slowed in November

the real estate site Redfin indicates that the "outflow" of residents from Michigan slowed in November. "Net outflow is defined as the number of home searchers looking to leave a metro area, minus the number of searchers looking to move in."

Redfin indicates that its outflow number for November 2023 was significantly less than the same period in 2022.


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