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There are macro- and microeconomic factors underlying where and why Americans moved in the past year, but D.C.’s consistent position as the top state speaks to its decreasing crime rates and relatively stable job market.

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Americans were on the move in 2012 with the Southwestern and mid-Atlantic coastal states being the most common places to relocate.

Washington, D.C. was the most popular place to move for the seventh year in a row, according to Atlas Van Lines’ data on relocation patterns in 2012. The city had the highest percentage of inbound moves with 63 percent of moves coming from outside the state.

This data matches that of United Van Lines, which found D.C. to be the most popular place to move for the past five years.

North Dakota and North Carolina took the remaining top three spots for inbound moves in 2012.

New York and New Jersey are consistently outbound states with more Americans moving away from the states than into them. New York took the third spot for most outbound moves in 2012 with 58 percent of moves resulting in Americans moving outside the state. The only states that American wanted to leave more than New York were Wyoming and Nebraska.

California had the most cumulative moves throughout the year with nearly 13,000 relocations via Atlas in or out of the state.

Did you change states in 2012? Let us know where you ended up in the comments below.

2012 Migration Patterns
2012 Migration Patterns by Atlas Van Lines


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