The U.S. States People Are Fleeing (And The Ones They Are Moving To)


Top Outbound States: 12. Pennsylvania


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According to, Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a U.S. state located in the North and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States and the Great Lakes region. Pennsylvania is the 33rd largest, the 6th most populous, and the 9th most densely populated of the 50 United States.

The state capital is Harrisburg. The state is one of the 13 original founding states of the United States; it was originally founded in 1681 as a result of a royal land grant to William Penn, the son of the state’s namesake. It was the second state to ratify the United States Constitution on December 12, 1787. Independence Hall, where the United States Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution were drafted, is located in the state. During the American Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg was fought in this state.

11. North Dakota

North Dakota is the 39th state of the United States, having been admitted to the union on November 2, 1889. It is located in the Upper Midwestern region of the United States, bordered by the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba to the north, the states of Minnesota to the east, South Dakota to the south, and Montana to the west. The state capital is Bismarck, and the largest city is Fargo.

North Dakota is the 19th most extensive but the 4th least populous and the 4th least densely populated of the 50 United States. North Dakota has weathered the Great Recession of the early 21st century with a boom in natural resources, particularly a boom in oil extraction from the Bakken formation, which lies beneath the northwestern part of the state. The development has driven strong job and population growth, and low unemployment.

10. Wisconsin

Total Moves: 3,285
Percentage Moving Out: 54.5%
Population: 5,795,500
Median Household Income: $58,550
Job Growth (2018): 1.2%

Wisconsin’s economy is driven by manufacturing, agriculture and healthcare. The state is also the nation’s leading producer of cheese. The job outlook has improved dramatically to roughly the U.S. average, versus No. 49 earlier in the decade.

9. Utah

Total Moves: 2,118
Percentage Moving Out: 55.7%
Population: 3,101,800
Median Household Income: $68,731
Job Growth (2018): 3.2%
Utah is well known for its winter activities and tourism has soared since the 2002 Winter Olympics. With two-thirds of Utahns being members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Utah is the most religiously homogeneous state in the U.S.

Utah occupied the top spot in Forbes’ Best States for Business six times in seven years between 2010 and 2016 (Virginia in 2013 was the lone outlier), but fell to third due to rising business costs and a softer economic outlook. The state has a very pro-business climate and companies benefit from energy costs that are 15% below the national average, according to Moody’s Analytics. Utah’s employment has expanded 3.3% a year over the past five years—third best in the U.S. Utah is well known for its winter activities and tourism has soared since the 2002 Winter Olympics.

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8. Kentucky

Total Moves: 2,837
Percentage Moving Out: 56%
Population: 4,454,200
Median Household Income: $47,974
Job Growth (2018): 0.6%
Kentucky is best known for its horse racing, bourbon distilleries, automobile manufacturing, tobacco, and college basketball. Horse racing is a $4 billion industry in the state and the Kentucky Derby Run for the Roses generates more than $400 million annually in economic impact for Kentucky. The state has more than 500 motor vehicle-related facilities that employ 100,000 workers.

Horse country and University of Kentucky basketball combine in a good way for this central Kentucky city. Cost of living is 11% below the national average, while homes average $144,000. Kentucky also has a favorable tax climate. Lexington has a lot of doctors.

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