As Billy Joel says, "Mama, if that's movin' up, then I'm movin' out." Last year, Michigan was among the top five states in the US where people decided to 'move on out.'

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United Van Lines crunched the numbers, analyzing where people are moving to and where people are moving away from. Michigan is number four on the list of states people are exiting, topped by New Jersey, Illinois, and New York.

Why Are People Leaving Michigan?

The main reason people give for departing the Mitten State is family. More than one-third of those who chose to close the door on Michigan are moving to another state in order to be near family. Employment in another state came in second, followed by retirement.

Demographically, older people and those whose income is more than than $150,000 per year are moving away at a higher rate than others.

  • Nearly half (47.1%) of the people who left Michigan for greener pastures in 2022 are those whose income was higher than $150,000 per year.
  • More than one-third of those who departed our state are 65 years old or higher.

Where is the Population Going?

Vermont, Oregon, and Rhode Island are the top three states in the US where more people are moving in, rather than out. Vermont also topped the list last year, according to United Van Lines' annual survey.

Here are the Top 5 Outbound States:

  1. New Jersey
  2. Illinois
  3. New York
  4. Michigan
  5. Wyoming

And the Top 5 Inbound States:

  1. Vermont
  2. Oregon
  3. Rhode Island
  4. South Carolina
  5. Delaware

Click on the interactive map below for more information on each state.


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