New Jersey Ranking Very High for Outbound Moves

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New Jersey has “earned” high rankings for residents leaving yet again as a fresh report claims that folks are leaving New Jersey in droves.


A new survey from North American Moving Services attempts to pin down exactly where Americans are arriving and departing over the last year. The company considered population reports and spoke to the top companies in the moving industry to get insider knowledge about where people are moving to and departing from.

The study also looked at the cities that have seen the most considerable growth around the country along with studies and statistics surrounding the topic. The company determined that New Jersey had the third worst outbound rate in the country, as 62% of the state’s total moves were outbound against just 38% inbound.

The Garden State ranked behind only Illinois and California for most outbound moves and our direct neighbors didn’t fare much better. Pennsylvania ranked fourth worst in the nation with a 60% outbound move rate, while New York tied for fifth lowest with a 59% outbound rate.

The study determined that many residents found themselves leaving high-cost-of-living areas in favor of warmer climates and more reasonable housing conditions. Southern states remained primary draws for those moving, with top destinations being South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arizona, and Florida.

Study after study after study has insisted that people are fleeing New Jersey in droves over the last few years. While rent increases could be partially to blame, some Garden State spots like Jersey City rank high in adding new residents.

In contrast, another study from RentCafe found that Northern and Central New Jersey’s rental markets ranked in the top 7 in terms of competitiveness nationwide.

The study determined that the number of individuals that moved to a new state in 2022 was down compared to recent previous years when the COVID-19 pandemic spurred movement around the country not seen in decades.

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