A lot of folks decided to make the move to the Silver State last year.
Nevada was the ninth most popular destination for movers in 2016, according to the latest United Van Lines National Movers Study.
The ranking represents a slight drop from 2015, when Nevada was ranked eighth in the nation. Nevada also fell from third to fourth place among states in the Pacific and Mountain West, behind Oregon, Idaho and Washington.
Retirees and workers drove migration activity in the Western U.S. The Pacific West, which includes Nevada, saw the second highest rate of inbound moves from company transfers at 62 percent, just a smidgen below the Midwest’s 63 percent. The Mountain West led the nation for retirees, with one in four movers saying they were moving to the region for retirement.
“We are seeing more retirees than ever decide to relocate, and as a result, new retirement hubs are popping up in western and southern states,” said economist Michael A. Stoll, a professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Interestingly enough, these retirees are leaving at such a fast pace that the movement of millennials to urban areas in the Midwest and Northeast is being overshadowed.”
South Dakota, which did not make the top 10 list in 2015, surged to first place in 2016. Former No. 1 state Oregon fell to third place behind Vermont.
New Jersey continued to lead the nation for states with a migration deficit. About 63 percent of moving activity in New Jersey was outbound, according to the study. Rounding out the top five states with a deficit of movers are Illinois, New York, Connecticut and Kansas.
Nevada’s neighbor California was one of three “balanced” states that had approximately the same number of people moving in compared to those who moved out . The other two were New Mexico and Delaware.
The study is based on household moves by United Van Lines customers. United has been doing the annual study since 1977.