Kansas is still the 5th 'most moved from' state, study says

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Kansas still ranks 5th on a list on a list of most moved from states, according to a study by United Van Lines.

The suburban St. Louis-based moving company on Thursday released its 43rd annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers' state-to-state migration patterns.

According to the 2019 study, United’s tracking of customers’ state-to-state migration pattern saw 58.5 percent of moves involving the Sunflower State last year being outbound. 

The top reason for both outbound and inbound moves was for a job. Retirement came in second for outbound moves while family was second for inbound moves. Other factors include heath and lifestyle. 

The outbound percentage for Kansas has been above 53 percent annually on the study since at least 2013, which was the furthest back that specific demographic information from the company was available.

Kansas also ranked 5th in 2018, 2017 and 2016.

    The top outbound states of 2019 were:

    1. New Jersey
    2. Illinois
    3. New York
    4. Connecticut
    5. Kansas
    6. Ohio
    7. California
    8. Michigan
    9. North Dakota
    10. Iowa

    The top-10 inbound states of 2019 were:

    1. Idaho
    2. Oregon
    3. Arizona
    4. South Carolina
    5. Washington
    6. District of Columbia
    7. Florida
    8. South Dakota
    9. North Carolina
    10. New Mexico

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