Two major van lines said they moved far more people into Oregon than out of the state last year, putting Oregon on their 2017 list of top moving destinations.
Oregon ranked second in the nation — behind Vermont — on United Van Lines’ 2017 list of top moving destinations and eighth on a similar list produced by Atlas Van Lines.
United, based in St. Louis, calls itself the “nation’s largest household goods mover.” Competitor Atlas is based in Evansville, Ind.
United said 65 percent of its Oregon customers last year were moving into the state, instead of away. Atlas said 58 percent of its Oregon customers were moving into the state.
Of United’s moves to Oregon, about half were for a new job or company transfer, and nearly a fourth were to be closer to family, United said.
The companies produce annual reports showing which states their customers are moving to and from. The reports support trends identified by the U.S. Census Bureau and other population tabulators.
Oregon’s population surged to 4.1 million last year, outpacing growth in most of the country, recent census data show.
Oregon added nearly 57,000 residents between July 2016 and July 2017, and more than 80 percent of that growth was from people moving in, rather than from births outpacing deaths, the census report found.
The census estimates don’t include city and county information, but recent estimates by Portland State University’s Population Research Center show Lane County’s population inching up with the state’s population. The county added 4,660 residents between July 2016 and 2017, for total population of 370,600, the population research center found.
“Net migration has been driving population growth in Lane County for a long time,” said Brian Rooney, a Eugene-based labor economist with the state Employment Department.
In general, newcomers were drawn to the West and South, while residents were fleeing the Midwest and Northeast, the United report found.
“This year’s data reflects longer-term trends of movement to the western and southern 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,” Michael Stoll, an economist and public policy professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in the United press release. “We’re also seeing continued migration to the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West as young professionals and retirees leave California.”
Source: Sherri Buri McDonald, The Register Guard, 1-7-18