The prevailing conventional wisdom among those in the state is that New Jersey is losing residents faster than it can keep them.
But, according to the 2016 Atlas Van Lines Migration Patterns study, the outbound and incoming migration in the state was balanced last year. In 2015, however, more people had moved out of the Garden State than the inverse.
A total of 11 U.S. states, along with the nation’s capital, experienced a shift in migration status in 2016. The company has conducted the study since 1993 to track the nation’s interstate moving patterns year to year, as reflected in moves handled by Atlas.
The study also found that 26 states registered as balanced, 15 as outbound and nine as inbound, in addition to Washington, D.C. It also found that moving, in general, was down from 2015.
From the Record:
For the fifth consecutive year, New Jersey has the dubious distinction of ranking as the No. 1 state residents have left behind, according to a new survey.
The Garden State placed first as the “most-moved-from” state in the United Van Lines 40th Annual National Movers Study, released Tuesday. In 2016, 63 percent more residents were moving out of New Jersey than people moving in, according to that survey, which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns over the past year.
With American retirees heading West and South, the Northeast had a large presence on the 2016 so-called “outbound list,” which behind New Jersey had Illinois, New York, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Utah and Pennsylvania.
Of those moving out of New Jersey, about 40 percent said they were relocating for a job, 30 percent were exiting for their retirement, and 20 percent were going because they wanted a lifestyle change.
“There are a lot more people leaving New Jersey for retirement than some of the neighboring states: 30 percent seems to be a high number,” said Melissa Sullivan, director of marketing communications for United Van Lines. “New Jersey is really losing big segments of that population. And it’s not just a one-off. It’s been pretty consistent.”