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Study: More People Leaving Illinois, Missouri Moves Balanced

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FENTON, Mo. (KMOX)-People are still leaving Illinois at a high rate, but Missouri has apparently stopped the bleeding.

Those are among the findings of United Van Lines’ annual moving trend study.

Spokeswoman Melissa Sullivan tells KMOX that Illinois ties New Jersey as the states seeing the most outbound movement. She says over 60% of United’s business in the Land of Lincoln involved individuals or businesses leaving the state, “60.5% is a pretty big number. We find most states are between 50 and 60% either way, inbound or outbound migration.”

Sullivan says Illinois has seen more outbound movement every year the Fenton based company has done the study, which began in 1977.

As for Missouri, Sullivan says, “Missouri is what we consider a balanced state this year. So, it doesn’t have a large percentage of people either leaving or coming into the state, which is a change from our 2010 study where we classified Missouri as a high outbound state.”

The study says the biggest inbound areas are Washington D.C. and the Carolinas, Arkansas, Texas, Oregon and Nevada.

In addition to Illinois and New Jersey, the biggest outbound states are in the Northeast while Michigan saw a decrease in its losses.

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