Illinois Ranks Among Top 5 States for Domestic Outbound Moves

The St. Louis-based moving company United Van Lines recently released its annual "National Movers Study," which shows Illinois ranked among the Top 5 states in terms of domestic outbound migration -- for the seventh straight year.

United tracks its customers' state-to-state migration patterns each year. Out of the nearly 9,500 Illinois household shipments handled in 2015, 63.2 percent were outbound moves. Only New Jersey and New York fared worse, at 66.6 percent and 64.6 percent, respectively.

You can find an interactive map of United's state-to-state migration patterns here, which includes reasons for customers' inbound or outbound moves, such as retirement, job and lifestyle, among other things.

We also take a look at the latest domestic migration data from the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as an analysis by Truth in Accounting and the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University.

Let's just say you can't blame it all on the weather.