Atlas Van Lines report continues to show more outbound moves from Delaware

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An annual report by Atlas Van Lines shows that Delaware saw more outbound than inbound moves.

The study found that 20 states, in addition to Washington D.C., registered as balanced—meaning that moves in and out of the states were roughly equal— 18 as outbound, and 12 as inbound.

Delaware has seen more outbound than inbound moves since 2012. During that year, moves were balanced between the two categories.


The data showed the overall number of moves in the U.S. and Canada was up from 2014. The company has conducted the study since 1993.

The survey is often examined in examining migration patterns of more affluent residents and their families. Moves by van lines like Atlas are often, paid by employers.

Delaware has been seeing populationgrowth,but has also struggled with a sluggish economic recovery that may result in penny-pinching efforts that include using rental trucks and small haulers.

Former inbound states New Hampshire and Mississippi became balanced in 2015, along with Washington D.C. This marks the first time in more than 13 years that Washington D.C. has not classified as inbound.

After spending 2014 as balanced states, Hawaii, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota became outbound while Maine, Rhode Island, Alaska and Alabama became inbound. Missouri shifted from outbound to balanced.

In 2015, the total number of interstate and interprovincialmovesreached 77,705, up from 76,979 in 2014.

The Northeastern states saw three major changes from 2014 to 2015, with Maine and Rhode Island going from balanced to inbound. Also, New Hampshire went from an inbound to balanced. The remainder of the states did not undergo any status change in 2015. New York and New Jersey have been outbound for more than 13 years.

The Southern region experienced four changes among three states and Washington, D.C., with Alabama going from balanced to inbound, and Louisiana shifting from balanced to outbound. Mississippi and Washington, D.C. both changed from inbound to balanced. This is the first time Washington D.C. has not registered as inbound in more than 13 years.

The Midwestern states experienced a major shift to outbound moves, with Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota going from balanced to outbound in 2015. Missouri, however, shifted from outbound to balanced. Similar to 2013 and 2014, North Dakota was the only state in the region to register as inbound. That is likely to change in 2016, due to the slump in the oil business in North Dakota.

The Western states experienced two changes in 2015, with Alaska going from balanced to inbound, and Hawaii shifting from balanced to outbound. Hawaii registered as the most outbound state in the U.S., with 62 percent of moves leaving the state.

Wyoming was the only other outbound state in the West region, with the majority of the Western states registered as balanced.

Seven of the 10 Canadian provinces remained outbound, including Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

The three additional provinces, including Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, shifted from outbound to balanced in 2015.

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