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D.C. ranked as most popular place to move in 2012

Tuesday - 1/8/2013, 7:40am  ET

Capitol and White House (WTOP Composite)
D.C. has ranked as the top moving destination five years in a row. (WTOP File)

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The 36th annual United Van Lines migration study is out, and the northeastern U.S. is once again seeing the most outbound movement.

The St. Louis-based moving company tracks the states its customers move to and from over the course of a year, including Washington, D.C., but excluding Alaska and Hawaii.

For 2012, the states with the highest percentages of outbound movement were the following:

  1. New Jersey
  2. Illinois
  3. West Virginia
  4. New York
  5. New Mexico.

But D.C. had the highest percentage of people moving in:

  1. D.C.
  2. Oregon
  3. Nevada
  4. North Carolina
  5. South Carolina.

Michael Stoll, economist, professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, says the study generally shows a movement of people to Sun Belt states in the South and West.

"Washington, D.C., Oregon and the Carolinas may be attractive places to move because of their lower housing costs, more temperate climate, diversified and growing economies, as well as maturing manufacturing bases and high technology clusters," says Stoll, in a news release.

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