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Study: More People Moving to Idaho than Leaving
More people moved to Idaho in 2013 than left the state, a change from 2012, when roughly the same number of people moved into and out of Idaho, according to an annual study by Atlas Van Lines.
Atlas Van Lines has measured the number of moving shipments moving into and out of U.S. states and Canadian provinces since 1993. If more moving shipments leave a state in a year, the state is classified as “outbound,” and if more shipments enter the state, it’s classified as “inbound.” States with roughly the same number of inbound and outbound shipments are classified as “balanced.”
The last year Idaho was classified as “inbound” in the Atlas Van Lines study was in 2006. The state was classified as “balanced” in 2007 and “outbound” in 2008 and 2009. It was “balanced” from 2010 to 2012.
Idaho neighbor Montana also shifted from “balanced” to “inbound” in 2013, and Oregon was “inbound” for the second consecutive year. Nevada and Utah maintained “balanced” statuses, while Washington changed from “inbound” to “balanced.” Wyoming was “outbound” for the second consecutive year.
Idaho’s population has risen every year over the past decade, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The top 10 states from which people moved to Idaho in 2010 – the most recent data available – were Washington, California, Utah, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Montana, Colorado and Wyoming, according to the Internal Revenue Service.