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Goodbye Empire State. New York ranks 4th on list of states people are moving away from.

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Posted at 2:04 PM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 14:04:44-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — According to a new study, New York ranks 4th among U.S. states when it comes to residents moving away.

The National Movers Study, conducted by United Van Lines, tracks state-to-state moves by customers. In New York, 61.5 percent of all moves were made by people going to other states. New Jersey topped the list at 66.8 percent. Illinois and Connecticut also beat out the Empire State.

The study points to a continuing "outbound moving trend" for states in the northeast, although Vermont actually tops the list of states people are moving to.

Top 5 Inbound States

  1. Vermont
  2. Oregon
  3. Idaho
  4. Nevada
  5. Arizona

Top 5 Outbound States

  1. New Jersey
  2. Illinois
  3. Connecticut
  4. New York
  5. Kansas

“As the nation’s largest household goods mover, our study allows us to identify the most and least popular states for residential relocation throughout the country, year after year,” said Eily Cummings, director of corporate communications at United Van Lines. “These findings accurately reflect not only where Americans are moving to and from, but also the reasons why.”

The company said career change is the leading cause of people moving. It also points to retirement, being close to family and lifestyle changes as reasons many people decide to move between states.