Connecticut ranks 7th in residents moving out of state in 2012
Connecticut had the seventh-highest percentage of residents moving out of state in 2012, according to the 2012 edition of United Van Lines migration study.
United Van Lines handled 3,155 moves into and out of Connecticut last year, said Melissa Sullivan, communications manager for the mover. Of those moves, 1,991 were out of Connecticut to another state, or 56 percent, while 1,564 customers moved here from elsewhere, Sullivan said.
Of those 3,155 moves involving Connecticut, 518 where either into or out of the New Haven area, she said. A total of 312 United Van Lines customers moved away from the New Haven area to other states, while 206 moved here, Sullivan said.
“We saw the largest number of people moving from Connecticut to California and Florida,” she said. “Other popular destinations for people moving from Connecticut were Massachusetts, Missouri and New York.”
New Jersey had the highest percent of any state in the survey for people moving out, according to the United Van Lines data, as 62 percent of moves handled by the company were residents of the Garden State relocating.
The District of Columbia had the highest percentage of United Van Lines customers — 64 percent —moving there, with Oregon a close second at 62 percent.
Professor Michael Stoll, an economist and chairman of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, said a combination of Connecticut’s aging population and declining housing prices in places such as Nevada and Florida are attracting Nutmeg State residents to move elsewhere.
Housing costs in those states have been driven down to some of the lowest levels in 30 years, Stoll said. “And as baby boomers in Connecticut get older and retire, they’re looking to move someplace warmer.”