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Last year marked the third consecutive year that this state ranked No. 1 for inbound moves. Find out which states attracted -- or lost -- the most residents in 2015.

Oregon was the most popular state among people who moved out of state in 2015.

Last year marked the third consecutive year that the Beaver State ranked No. 1 in United Van Lines’ Annual National Movers Study.

The latest annual study is based on household moves that the company handled in the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C., between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of last year.

Out of 4,173 interstate moves to or from Oregon in 2015, 69 percent were inbound moves, according to the study. That’s a 10 percent increase over the past six years.

South Carolina came in second, with 62.4 percent of interstate moves being inbound.

Northeastern and Midwestern states were among the least popular for interstate movers last year.

Michael Stoll, a professor of public policy and urban planning and chairman of the department of public policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, explains:

“This year’s data reflects longer-term trends of people moving to the Pacific West, where cities such as Portland and Seattle are seeing the combination of a boom in the technology and creative marketing industry, as well as a growing ‘want’ for outdoor activity and green space.

The aging boomer population is driving relocation from the Northeast and Midwest to the West and South, as more and more people retire to warmer regions.”

The top 10 states and areas for inbound moves in 2015 are:

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

Only three other states were classified by United Van Lines as “high inbound” last year, meaning at least 55 percent of interstate moves to and from a state were inbound: Arizona, South Dakota and Colorado.

The top 10 states for outbound moves are:

  1. New Jersey
  2. New York
  3. Illinois
  4. Connecticut
  5. Ohio
  6. Kansas
  7. Massachusetts
  8. West Virginia
  9. Mississippi
  10. Maryland

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