Report: Out-Migration Grows in Seattle and Portland

The findings of a new report from United Van Lines along with Michael Stoll, an economist at University of California Los Angeles, show surprising trends from this summer's prime moving months, especially in the Pacific Northwest.

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September 15, 2014, 12:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Gene Balk reports on the findings of the United Van Lines Summer Long-Distance Moving Trends Study, which had surprising news for the the boomtown of Seattle. According to the United Van Lines study, "the Seattle area saw 57 percent more outbound moves than inbound moves in 2014," writes Balk. Earlier this year, data from the U.S. Census Bureau showed Seattle to be the fastest growing major city in the United States.

Balk's analysis of the United Van Lines study also includes a breakdown of where Seattle residents move when they out-migrate from the city.

The report also made news in Portland, where Elliot Njus reported that Portland was among the metro areas with the largest moving deficits, with out-migration outnumbering in-migration two to one. Njus followed with another post highlighting some of the online discussion that resulted from the news that more Portland residents fled the city than moved in.

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