Moving Trends 2009: States and Cities, According to

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A look at which states and cities had the most people moving in and out in 2009


According to usage data, the states that had the most people moving in and out in 2009 were California, Florida, Texas, New York, Georgia, Illinois, Virginia, and Arizona.

A large number of moves from these particular states is not that surprising, seeing as most of them have very large populations. If, however, in each state, the total number of move-outs is subtracted from the total number of move-ins, a picture of the change in population due to moves begins to take shape.

For example, California had the most total moves by far, but the difference between move-ins and move-outs is negligible, meaning that the population was not drastically increased or decreased due to residents moving in or out of the state. New York and Texas saw the most drastic population changes due to moving. New York did not regain (via move-ins) nearly 33 percent of the population that moved out. Texas saw the opposite occur, gaining nearly 50 percent more than the population that moved out.

The cities with the most moving turnover (total move-ins and move-outs) were Chicago, Houston, and Dallas. The difference in moves in and out in Chicago was negligible. Houston and Dallas, on the other hand, gained 57.6 percent and 41.2 percent more than the population that moved out (respectively).

Brooklyn is also worth noting. It had the third largest number of move-outs and did not have a significant number of move-ins. Conversely, Atlanta, San Diego, and Austin had the fourth, sixth, and seventh most number of move-ins (respectively) and did not have a significant number of move-outs.

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