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January 3, 2020

Mainers are moving, but in a 'balanced' way

Courtesy / United Van Lines This color-coded map shows states with high proportions of inbound and outbound relocations, as well as "balanced" states like Maine.

Perhaps reflecting its population trend or what Gov. Janet Mills has called Maine’s “lackluster” economic performance, people are moving to and from the state in about equal numbers.

Or at least they are via United Van Lines.

The moving company, which says it’s the country’s largest by market share and volume, has used its own driving records to track migration patterns since 1977. United analyzes its traffic in each state according to the proportion of inbound and outbound moves.

In this year’s analysis, released Thursday, “several states saw nearly the same number of residents moving inbound as outbound,” United said in a news release. “Maine and Oklahoma are among these ‘balanced states.’”

Moves to Maine accounted for 50.2% of the trips, while 49.8% of them were for destinations “away.”

In New England, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont all saw a greater proportion of inbound moves than Maine’s percentage, while most moves in Connecticut and Massachusetts were ones leaving those states.

The country’s No. 1 destination was Idaho, where 67.4% of the moves were inbound. For the second consecutive year, the state with the greatest percentage of movers leaving was New Jersey, at 68.5%.

United also categorized the reasons for its customers’ relocations. Among the findings: 57.7% of moves to Maine were related to jobs, while 43.1% of outbound moves were. Retirement accounted for 9.7% of inbound moves and 19.2% of outbound ones.

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