Connecticut residents are on the move.  Out.

The state led the nation with the highest percentage of outbound moves in 2013, according to Atlas Van Lines’ annual report of moves throughout the U.S. and Canada. Of 2,055 residents’ moves during the year, 1,230 of them, or 60 percent, were out of state – the highest percentage in the nation.  That’s compared to 825 moves from other states into Connecticut.new_atlas_logo

A year ago, Connecticut was #7 in the nation in the ratio people moving out-of-state, with 1,123 outbound and 834 inbound moves, in a survey by United Van Lines.  This year, Connecticut led the nation in outflow of residents in the Atlas Van Lines survey.

us moving mapDuring the past five years, inbound moves peaked in 2010 at 1,009 – with a just slightly higher  1,160 outbound moves.  Since then, the numbers have skewed increasingly out-of-state, Atlas reported.

The 2013 year was the state’s highest outbound percentage and highest total number of outbound moves since 2009.  Connecticut has been an outbound state for six of the past ten years, including the past three consecutively, according to Atlas.  An “outbound” state is defined as one that has more than 55 percent of moves outbound.

The remainder of the New England states were “balanced” in 2013, with the exception of New Hampshire, which was considered an inbound state in 2013. The data indicates that progressively fewer people were moving into Connecticut in the last three years, a pattern not consistent throughout New England.  None of the other New England states were outbound states in 2013.  In the previous year, Maine joined Connecticut as an outbound state in the United Van Lines survey.

States that saw the greatest percentage of inbound movers: North Dakota, North Carolina, and Texas.  States with the highest outbound move percentage after Connecticut were New York and Indiana, both at 59 percent.  Only 12 states were net outbound states:  Connecticut, New York, Indiana, Wyoming, Delaware, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.Connecticut

The Greenwich Time reported that the branch manager of Danbury’s Certified Van Service of Connecticut say, his truckers – part of the United Van Lines company – relocated about 100 families from the Hartford area to Charlotte, N.C., and from Fairfield County to Atlanta. For Kevin Kaster, president and owner of Kaster Moving in Stamford, the study confirms one trend he’s recently experienced.  “Texas has been a hotspot the last two years, no question,” he said. “An inordinate amount of people from around here are going to Texas.”  Brielle Sollinger, aoutboundssistant marketing manager at Fallon Moving and Storage in Windsor, agreed.   “Texas is big. We also do lots of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina,” she said in a phone interview Friday afternoon.

Atlas reported that across the nation, most states were balanced evenly between inbound and outbound moves. The company also reported that the number of total moves increased during the year, something it said could be an indicator of an improving economy.  The data covered the period from January 1 through December 31, 2013.

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    4 Responses to Exodus: Connecticut Ranked #1 in People Moving From State

    1. Claudette Hinds says:

      I wonder why the exodus. Maybe the harsh winters are getting to people. I left upon retirement and love my new, warm, state.

    2. Fred says:

      The only thing that this really measures is the failure in Ct to create net new jobs. Total employment is still below that of 2007 and 2000. CT suffered a four year recession under Governor Rell, from the end of 2007 to the end of 2011; it was among the worst in the nation, cutting nearly 9% from CT’s gross output. The outflow of population is a lagging indicator the economic environment. CT has suffered from a trifecta of policy failures for a generation–since the early 1990s. It has had, until recently no coherent or sustained economic development strategy; it has failed, until recently, to link the education pipeline to workforce needs; it utterly failed to invest in infrastructure, and completely ignored the emerging importance of IT. Only in 2009 did Legislative Democrats (yes, Democrats) begin to address seriously these issues; to date, with the exception of John McKinney, it is hard to find a Republican who has been alert to these failures. The preference among many is to point to the mythology about CT’s economic malaise: high taxes (even though its public sector is smaller than the average nationally), high housing costs (partially true, but driven primarily by the absence of public transit, which limits labor markets), and high energy costs (not true, measured on energy costs per unit of output, where CT is among the best in the nation). The great attraction of the mythology is that it excuses policy makers from being held accountable for their serial failures. Fred C

    3. steve sicard says:

      I have worked in ct all my life the following since age of 15 delivered Hartford courant in am Hartford times in pm times gone worked picking tabacco for consaladted gone work at new England floor covering gone worked at national paint gone worked at allen mfg gone worked at Jacobs chuck gone worked at holo krome gone all these companies where her a long time this is why people are leaving no work told my kids to leave ct

    4. Ben says:

      I’m leaving Ct my self. There is no transparency in the government. The state reps (democrats) prefer to take care of the symptoms rather than face the cause. #1 Jobs, if more people are working there would be less crime.#2 State workers there need to be a cap on retirement like everyone else,70000. and up is really unacceptable. Many people working don’t even make that much. Yes some jobs are dangerous but look…they weren’t drafted. they chose those jobs. The Hell with the unions. This goes for the educators too. this state is like the mother wolves eating her young to stay alive.

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