Michigan Still An “Outbound” State

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(WLNS) – Even though Michigan’s population is increasing again, it might be just because people are moving to the Great Lake State.

According to a survey from moving company Allied Van Lines, more people packed up and left the state than moved here this year. The moving company, which uses internal data to track departure and destination states, ranks Michigan as the fourth-heaviest “outbound” state, the exact same ranking as 2013.

Our media partners at MLive report that United Van Lines, another moving company that conducts its own annual migration study, moved Michigan to the “balanced” category in 2013 after it had claimed the top outbound spot for years. United has not yet released 2014 numbers.

Allied recorded 2,499 moves out of Michigan last year and 1,653 into the state, a net outbound migration of 846 moves. Only New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois saw more outbound traffic.

“Michigan still is in a situation where we are not attracting as many people as are migrating out,” said state demographer Eric Guthrie.

While full data is not available, Guthrie said that Michigan’s recent population growth is likely a result of births outnumbering deaths — but not by a wide enough margin to offset outbound moves.

Read the full report from MLive: Despite population gains, moving company says Michigan still a top “outbound” state

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