More people are moving out of Indiana and Illinois than are moving in, a recent study by a major moving company found.
United Van Lines, a St. Louis-based moving company, found that 54 percent of state-to-state moves last year were out of Indiana, while only 46 percent were to the Hoosier state. It's even worse in neighboring Illinois where 63 percent of moves were outbound in 2016, while only 37 percent were to the Land of Lincoln.
In fact, Illinois was the second highest outbound state in the nation in 2016, after only New Jersey.
The study found nearly 54 percent of moves out of Illinois were for jobs while 23.4 percent were for retirement. In Indiana, 66.3 percent of outbound moves were for career purposes while 15.55 were for retirement or family. More than 8 percent of Indiana residents said they left the state because of lifestyle, while another 3 percent moved out for health concerns.
Nearly 65 percent of departing Hoosiers were between the ages of 18 and 64, while more than 57 percent who departed earned more than $100,000 a year, according to the United Van Lines study. Only 8.69 percent of Indiana residents who moved to another state last year made less than $50,000.
The study found the top inbound states nationally in 2016 were South Dakota, Vermont and Oregon, mainly because of people moving their for work.
"For 40 years, United Van Lines has been tracking which states people are moving to and from. We also survey our customers to understand why they are moving from state-to-state,” said Melissa Sullivan, director of marketing communications at United Van Lines. "As the nation’s largest household goods mover, the data we collect is reflective of national migration trends."
Though more people are moving out of Illinois than moving in, Chicago continues to be a big magnet for new residents, such as recent Big Ten college graduates seeking entry-level corporate jobs. U-Haul reported in a separate study that Chicago was its No. 2 destination city nationally, reflecting the total number of one-way U-Haul truck rentals arriving there in 2016.
Arrivals fell by 5.8 percent in Chicago last year, but more people moved there than any U.S. city after Houston.
“Chicago is growing,” said Jamie Lee, U-Haul Company of North Shore Chicago president. “The city saw there was a need for more housing and upgraded facilities. Now apartments and condos are being built by reusing and refurbishing old buildings."