“When you look at the data, about 60 percent of Ohio residents using United Van Lines are leaving because of finding a new job or job relocation,” Economist Michael Stoll said. “In the West, it’s really about employment growth and creative design and aerospace engineering.”
United Van Lines cites Oregon as the “Top Moving Destination” and three more Western states and four Southern states as top 10 inbound states.
While some Ohio residents move to find new, better jobs, Ohio also is home to an aging population, and many retirees leave the state for the South to find lower housing costs and warmer climates.
“Fifteen to 17 percent are leaving for retirement,” Stoll said. “The population in the Midwest are older in comparison, these are retirees and they like to move out of the Midwest for housing costs or warmer weather or a different lifestyle.”
If Ohio wants to keep residents, it will need to develop an attractive job market, but developing an attractive job market depends on whether the Ohio population grows substantially in the near future, Stoll said.
An Allied Van Lines study collected data regarding Allied movers in 2015, and reported 125 more people moved into Ohio than moved out of Ohio in 2015.
”We’ve got a lot of stuff going for us — we’ve got really nice natural resources, cities, towns, villages, a lot of really interesting historic architecture, great quality of life, but if you can’t get a job, you can’t stay,” LaFayette said. “Part of the problem is our very low rate of population growth. If the local population isn’t growing, neither can the retail base.”