Florida Continues to be Top Migration Destination

FLORIDA continues to be among the top US states in attracting people from other states, based on reports from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and top moving companies Atlas Van Lines Inc. and United Van Lines in 2014 and over the past years.

In 2014, based on the American Community Survey, a total of 546,501 out-of-state residents moved to Florida, the biggest number of inward domestic migration among all the 50 states.

The Top 12 Migration Destinations in 2014, based on 2014 Census data, were:

Rank State No. of Out-of-State Residents
Who Migrated to FLORIDA in 2014
1 Florida 546,501
2 Texas 538,572
3 California 513,968
4 North Carolina 286,533
5 Georgia 274,095
6 Virginia 262,477
7 New York 258,571
8 Arizona 249,730
9 Pennsylvania 232,889
10 Washington 220,259
11 Colorado 218,728
12 Illinois 209,536

Note that the top three favorite states each had more than half-million inward migrants, nearly double the inward migrants of the next-ranking destinations. These are the same three states that have been the favorite destinations of migrants over the past several years.

2013

Rank State Inward Migration
1 Texas 548,034
2 Florida 529,406
3 California 485,477

2012

Rank State Inward Migration
1 Florida 537,148
2 Texas 507,752
3 California 493,641

2011

Rank State Inward Migration
1 Texas 514,726
2 Florida 498,597
3 California 468,428

2010

Rank State Inward Migration
1 Texas 486,558
2 Florida 482,889
3 California 444,749

From what states are most Florida migrants coming from?

The biggest source of Florida’s movers in 2014 was New York, with nearly 60,000 New Yorkers moving to Florida in 2014. The Top 20 States where Florida’s migrants came from in 2014 were the following:

Rank State No. of People Who Moved
to FLORIDA in 2014
1 New York 58,753
2 Georgia 42,020
3 Pennsylvania 28,841
4 Ohio 27,438
5 Virginia 25,342
6 North Carolina 25,333
7 Texas 25,175
8 Illinois 25,095
9 New Jersey 24,425
10 Michigan 23,791
11 California 23,239
12 Maryland 15,850
13 Alabama 15,731
14 Massachusetts 15,606
15 Tennessee 13,711
16 Connecticut 12,944
17 South Carolina 11,346
18 Indiana 10,599
19 Colorado 9,260

The 2014 Migration Pattern report by moving company Atlas Van Lines Inc. also listed Florida as one of the only 10 inbound states in 2014. These are states with inbound moves accounting for more than 55% of moves in 2014.

The 10 Inbound States in 2014, ranked by number of inbound moves were the following:

Rank State Inbound Moves Outbound Moves
1 Texas 7,801 5,336
2 Florida 5,791 4,435
3 North Carolina 3,511 2,297
4 Washington 2,535 2,045
5 Tennessee 1,923 1,535
6 Oregon 814 607
7 Idaho 550 389
8 Mississippi 503 362
9 New Hampshire 276 207
10 North Dakota 207 115

Another study affirming Florida as a favorite migration destination is the United Van Lines’ 2014 National Movers Study.

Top 10 States, based on Percent of Inward Migration in 2014:

Rank State Total Moves Inward Moves Percent of Inward Moves
1 Oregon 2,738 4,121 66.4%
2 South Carolina 2,512 4,088 61.4%
3 North Carolina 6,427 10,624 60.5%
4 Vermont 193 325 59.4%
5 Florida 11,081 18,811 58.9%
6 Nevada 1,381 2,410 57.3%
7 Texas 12,491 21,931 57.0%
8 Oklahoma 1,156 2,043 56.6%
9 Idaho 773 1,304 55.5%
10 Colorado 4,501 8,176 55.1%

Based on the same United Van Lines’ study, here are the top 15 states based only on number of inward migration, meaning without considering outward migration.

TOP 15 STATES based on Inward Migration in 2014

Rank State Inward Migration in 2014
1 California 14,908
2 Texas 12,491
3 Florida 11,081
4 North Carolina 6,427
5 Virginia 5,221
6 Washington 4,897
7 Georgia 4,836
8 Colorado 4,501
9 Arizona 4,460
10 Illinois 3,630
11 New York 3,507
12 Pennsylvania 3,201
13 Ohio 3,135
14 Tennessee 2,798
15 Oregon 2,738