There is a wave of newcomers to South Carolina, the second-most-popular destination for movers in the United States.
Only Oregon saw more inbound moves and North Carolina came in third.
The United Van Lines study showed that 61% of nearly 4,100 moves in South Carolina last year were inbound and that 36% of those were retirees.
The Northeast continued to lose residents as Connecticut, New Jersey and New York all saw more moves outbound than inbound. Maybe they prefer Charleston's small-town vibe.
United Van Lines has been tracking the number of inbound and outbound moves in the U.S. for nearly four decades, and last year surveyed its customers to determine why they were relocating.
"With economic stability growing nationally, the current migration patterns reflect longer-term trends of movement to the Southern and Western states, especially to those where housing costs are relatively lower, climates are more temperate and job growth has been at or above the national average, among other factors," said Michael Stoll, an economist and chairman of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles.
According to the latest Census Bureau report, from the beginning of July 2013 to July 2014 the Palmetto State's population grew by 60,533 - a larger gain than all but eight other states. South Carolina now ranks as the 24th most populous state in the nation.
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