People Moving Out of Indiana

According to United Van Lines, Indiana is one of the states with a high “outbound” moving rate. Last years outbound rate for Indiana was less than 2004, but still significantly unbalanced at 59.9% outbound.

United Van Lines Migration Patterns 2005
United Van Lines Migration Patterns 2005

During the year 2005, many people packed up and moved their homes to the Southeast and West, while the Midwest and Northeast experienced an increase in residents leaving, as measured by the business trends of United Van Lines, the nation’s largest household goods mover.

The statistics are among the findings of United’s 29th annual “migration” study that tracks where its customers, over the last 12 months, moved from and the most popular destinations. The findings were announced by United Vice President Carl Walter.

United has tracked shipment patterns annually on a state-by-state basis since 1977. For 2005, the accounting is based on the 226,353 interstate household moves handled by United among the 48 contiguous states, as well as Washington, D.C. In its study, United classifies each state in one of three categories — “high inbound” (55% or more of moves going into a state); “high outbound” (55% or more of moves coming out of a state); or “balanced.” Although the majority of states were in the “balanced” category last year, several showed more substantial population shifts.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. TRIB indiana . net

    A Post That Deserves More Attention
    Hawthorn Mineart of has a post on his blog that deserves more comment and reaction from Indiana bloggers. Should we be sad? Should we be angry? Is it an indictment of all of us? Is it reality and we

  2. Vanessa

    Any idea what percentage of people who move don’t use United Van Lines? Yes, this information is interesting about United’s “business trends”, but I’m not sure what it really says about Indiana. -v

  3. Hawthorn Mineart

    The article states that United is the largest moving van company, with their total market share being twice what their competitors is combined, so their data is an accurate sample of moving trends across the U.S. Of course, that should be independently verified.

  4. This should come as no suprise. The Sunbelt is growing; the Rustbelt is shrinking. just a quick glance at wiki data on prezidential elections.
    1944 election
    arizona 4 electoral votes
    florida 8 electoral votes
    indiana 13 electoral votes

    2004 election
    arizona 10 electoral votes
    florida 27 electoral votes
    indiana 11 electoral votes

    So 60 years ago when my parents were middle school age Indiana had more people that Arizona and Florida combined. Today, Arizona and Florida have almost 4 times as many people as Indiana.

  5. Tanya Radic

    I agree. You can buy 5 houses in Richmond Indiana for $100,000 ( all of them)

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