United Van Lines has put together data going all the way back to 1977 to find the most moved-from and moved-to states. In every year except 1983, '85-'88, '92, and '97, New Jersey has been in the Top 10 Most Moved-From States. It's actually sort of amazing that NJ has made the Top 10 for twenty-one straight years - it makes you wonder who is left.

I feel like anecdotal evidence suggests that everyone from NJ ends up in North Carolina, but the state that has the most incoming is actually Vermont. North Carolina does make the Top 10 though, landing at #8.

The Top 10 Outbound States:

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

The Top 10 Inbound States:

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

I'm a bit surprised at the inclusion of Idaho and South Dakota - I've been to SD, and there's nothing there. Mount Rushmore is way smaller than you expect, by the way. My sister lives in Arizona and I understand the appeal of a "dry heat", but when I visited her it was January and I was comfortable. Come summer time, no matter how "dry" it is, 120 is still 120. No thanks.

I feel like the Carolinas are still a bit of a cliche, but I could totally see myself moving to Vermont or New Hampshire or Maine. I love the cold, I love the snow, I'd be happy living up in the mountains.

If/when you leave New Jersey, where will you end up?

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