South Carolina continues to attract new residents and has remained in the top 10 most popular places in 2017 to move and settle. The state ranks at number 7, a drop of two spots from the previous 12 months according to United Van Lines annual survey of inbound relocations.
United Van Lines said that 57 percent of their customers in South Carolina are new residents putting it in the nation’s top destinations for those individuals looking for a new location to live. The survey also looked at longer term trends in where people move with an overall trend of individuals moving to the West and South from higher cost regions of the country. Those individuals looking to move to South Carolina are attracted to the climate, the above average rate of job growth nationally, among other considerations. Michael Stoll, economist and professor at University of California said, “we’re also seeing continued migration to the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West as young professionals and retirees leave California.”
The study found that 52 percent of all moves of newcomers to the South were to South Carolina, North Carolina, and Alabama. The main reasons to pack up and move were to be closer to family, a job transfer, retirement, or a new job. Vermont ranked number 1 as the state with the most inbound moves, followed Oregon in the number 2 spot for individuals looking to relocate. Neighboring North Carolina was ranked as the number 8 most popular place to move, just after South Carolina.
The Northeast continues to have the most residents leaving the area. New Jersey, New York and Connecticut took three of the four top spots for those moving away for the third year in a row with a total of 57 percent headed elsewhere. Massachusetts and Wisconsin also saw many residents moving away with 55 percent or more of their moves outbound.
United Van Lines designated a state as “high inbound” if they had 55 percent or more of the moves going into the state and “high outbound” if 55 percent or more moves are coming out of the state.
The Census Bureau data reflects this trend in “high inbound” moves to the Palmetto State with 64,547 new residents in 2017 or about 177 a day, with many choosing to move to the Lowcountry. South Carolina has doubled its population in less than 50 years and now has 5.02 million residents.
SOURCE: https://www.postandcourier.com , “South Carolina is the 7th most popular state for new residents,” by Warren Wise
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