This is from an article on BusinessInsider.com by Rob Wile published on Jan. 3, 2014 “You hear a lot about which states are best for business, or are doing the most to attract people. or have the most employment opportunities.
Each year Atlas Van Lines (a national moving company) publishes data showing how many moves were tallied from every state, and which ones saw net inflows or outflows of 55% or more, as a percentage of total moves.
They have now published 10 years-worth of data, so we can see which has the longest streak of net inbound moves and who’s really winning the battle for population gains. And the winner is: North Carolina!
And if you were wondering, there are 4 states with a net-outflow of residents: Ohio, New Jersey, Illinois and New York.”
See the whole article: http://www.businessinsider.com/north-carolina-and-washington-dc-moving-data-2014-1
There’s also a pretty neat map of migration patterns by state with NC ranking 3rd for inbound residents: http://www.businessinsider.com/2013-moving-map-2014-1