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Houston Tops List of Top Moving Destination for Fourth Straight Year

Texas has been the most popular state to move to for nearly a decade.

For the ninth straight year, Texas is the nation's "most inbound state," according to the 46th annual Allied Van Lines Magnet States Report, which uses internal data to track U.S. migration patterns.

The Lone Star State's relocation net gain — calculated by the difference between Allied's inbound and outbound moves — in 2013 of 1,914 families dwarfed second place Florida's, which had a gain of 1,115 moves.

Similarly, Houston took the No. 1 spot — for the fourth year in a row — on U-Haul’s annual national migration trend report released earlier this year, and it ranked as the No. 3 most popular city for U.S. families to move on United Van Lines’ 2013 Post-Peak Season Moving Trends Summary. Houston and Dallas also both made Penske Truck Rental's list of top moving destinations released earlier this year.

"Texas has been a strong relocation destination for the last decade," Randy Moore, president of All Points Pioneer, an Allied Van Lines agent in the Dallas area, said in a statement. "We've seen newcomers from every area of the country find a home in Texas, whether it's for the weather, business or retirement."

Rounding out Allied Van Lines' top five "magnet" states in 2013 are Arizona, Oregon and Colorado.

The states that saw the most departures, according to the report, are New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan and New Jersey.

Counting both inbound and outbound moves, California led the nation this year with nearly 13,000 moves, Allied found. However, most of those were out-bound moves, dropping the state from its place among the top 10 inbound states in recent years to the No. 7 outbound state this year.

Allied Van Lines is one of the largest brands of Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based Sirva Inc., a privately owned global provider of relocation and moving services.

Source: Houston Business Journal