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Screenshot of migration patterns from United Van Lines.

Connecticut has the seventh highest percentage of movers shipping out of the state in the nation, according to a recent study released by a moving company.

United Van Lines conducts a survey each year, tracking which states the company’s customers move into and out of over the course of a year, and found that 56 percent of the moves it performed in Connecticut during 2012 were customers movin’ on out.

Most of the cities with the top outbound populations can be found along the east coast, according to the moving company, which noted that “The Northeast is the most well-represented region on the high-outbound traffic list. In addition to New Jersey, New York (58 percent), Maine (56 percent) and Connecticut (56 percent) are also included” on its website.

So who took the cake? Here’s the list of the top five states movers are leaving:

  1. New Jersey – 62.3 percent
  2. Illinois – 59.5 percent
  3. West Virginia – 57.9 percent
  4. New York – 57.7 percent
  5. New Mexico – 57.6 percent

Washington, D.C., had the highest rate of in-migration, where 64 percent of moves were for people moving into the city. Surprisingly, Oregon came in second, with 61 percent of moves commissioned for new state residents.

The company has been conducting this study since 1977, and this year’s analysis included data from more than 125,000 moves, according to United. They defined states as “high inbound” if 55 percent or more of the moves are going into a state and “high outbound” if 55 percent or more moves were coming out of a state or “balanced” if the difference of inbound and outbound is negligible.

While the 56 percent may sound like a lot for Connecticut, the state shouldn’t worry about creating an ad campaign just yet; the 1,991 outbound Nutmmegers represent less than 1/20th of a percent of Connecticut’s population. Read more.

Are you surprised? Or have you seen it happen again and again? Let us know in the comments section below.

Maggie Gordon

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5 Responses

  1. Philip Crowder says:

    After talking with people i know (dems and GOP), it’s amazing to me how Malloy was elected in the first place. And even more amazing how one sided the State Legislature is represented. I’m from TN. When i lived there the citizens of the state STORMED Nashville the State Cap and demanded no STATE INCOME TAX. AND we had it written into the State Constitution “NEVER” will there be a state income tax. Gasoline today in Ct is $3.59…..TN it is $2.99…Vote out of office anyone that will not pledge to no new taxes and roll back the Income Tax.

  2. Lisa Boling says:

    I’m going to buy a clue to all the Democrats in this state’s government. It’s the TAXES!
    Cannot wait to get out of this state. The Carolinas will be our next home. Governor Malloy feels he needs to punish the successful by confiscating their earnings and distributing them to the do nothing, low information voters who elected him. So the successful will do the smart thing and get out.
    Oh, and the weather does stink.

  3. DBCG says:

    With Malloy as governor, you have to be nuts to stay in Connecticut and see all your hard earned money spent on lost cities like Bridgeport, Hartford, Waterbury, Stamford, and other stupid things Danno picks as pet projects.

    Connecticut is over! Go somewhere where there is a Republican governor and keep most of what you earn!

  4. Unfortunately, our legislators in Hartford haven’t figured out that well-to-do Connecticut seniors are voting with their feet to avoid the state estate tax. These individuals were (a) paying state income, property and sales taxes; and (b) supporting local cultural events and charities, but now they’re doing so in states with no estate taxes.

    Yes, there are other reasons to move south (like avoiding blizzards), but our estate tax laws literally push our wealthiest seniors out of the state. At a bare minimum, our state’s estate tax law should parallel the federal estate tax law, which now allows individuals to transfer more than $5 million estate-tax free. Keeping the snowbirds home would do our state a great deal of good.

  5. Palin Smith says:

    The little secret is that people are moving south to get away from global warming. Hotter summers in northern states drives sensitive people to cooler climates. Shhhhhhh…. don’t give it away.