States That Americans Moved To And From Last Year

It was a busy year for movers! A lot of people decided to join us in the South and in particular in South Carolina!

Southern states grew by over 1.3-million people in 2022, making it the fastest-growing region in the country, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The South has had increasing year-to-year migration since 2018 and it’s now the most populous region in the U.S. with 128.7-million people.

Northeast states have lost around 219-thousand residents to other states during the same time period, while Midwest states have lost about 49-thousand.

The West is the only other region that has seen population growth, but it was much smaller than in the South, gaining around 153-thousand residents.

Florida was the fastest-growing state in 2022. Last year, 91-thousand of the almost 550-thousand New Yorkers who moved out of the state moved to Florida. “While Florida has often been among the largest-gaining states, this was the first time since 1957 that Florida has been the state with the largest percent increase in population," explains Kristie Wilder, a demographer in the population division at the census bureau.

The 10 States With the Most Growth Between 2021 and 2022

  1. Florida (1.9%)
  2. Idaho (1.8%)
  3. South Carolina (1.7%)
  4. Texas (1.6%)
  5. South Dakota (1.5%)
  6. Montana (1.5%)
  7. Delaware (1.4%)
  8. Arizona (1.3%)
  9. North Carolina (1.3%)
  10. Utah (1.2%)

The states losing population the fastest according to Forbes are:

  1. California which shrunk by 101,000
  2. NY shrunk by 75,000
  3. Illinois 29,000
  4. Pennsylvania 18,000
  5. Massachusetts 15,000
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