COLORADO — Nearly two years into the coronavirus pandemic, the virus continues to influence the decisions of families across the country. Many choose to pack up and move to different states to be closer to family, find a new job, or reduce living expenses.
Does this trend affect Colorado? According to a new study conducted by United Van Lines, inbound and outbound movers were balanced in our 2021 state.
The study, released annually in January, tracks migration patterns from state to state using available company data. This year’s study found that more Americans moved to less densely populated areas and moved closer to family.
“These new data … are indicative of the impact of COVID-19 on internal migration patterns, with 2021 bringing an acceleration in moves to small and medium-sized cities,” said University of California economist and professor Michael Stoll. – Los Angeles, in a statement.
“We’re seeing this happening not only because of Americans’ desire to leave high-density areas because of the risk of infection, but also because of the transformation in the way we work, with more flexibility to work at distance.”
According to the study, in Colorado, 50% of movers came to the state, while 50% left. About 34% of those who left our state cited family as their reason for moving, followed by employment and retirement.
Of those leaving Colorado, more than half were 55 and older.
The 2021 study found that more people moved to Vermont than to any other state, while New Jersey topped the list for outbound moves. New Jersey has held the unenviable spot for four years.
South Dakota, South Carolina, West Virginia and Florida were also revealed as the top inbound states for 2021. Meanwhile, states such as Illinois, New York, Connecticut and California are again appeared on the list of leading outgoing states.
What prompted these trips? According to the study, 32% did so to be closer to family. Additionally, 32.5% of Americans have moved for a new job or job transfer.
Amid the pandemic, many Gen Xers are joining retired baby boomers. While some are retiring to states like Florida, the study finds they aren’t necessarily heading to crowded cities like Orlando and Miami — they’re venturing to less dense places like Punta Gorda, Sarasota and Fort Myers-Cape Coral.
The top 10 incoming states of 2021 were:
- South Dakota
- Caroline from the south
- West Virginia
- Rhode Island
The main outgoing states were:
- New Jersey
- New York
See the full United Van Lines study.