United Van Lines 2020 mobility report: What does it mean for New Mexico?

United Van Lines has released its report on where people are moved to and from in 2020. You can check out the map below.

Given the uniqueness of 2020 it is VERY interesting to see where people are moving to and from. But, while 2020 was a very unique year, 2020 mostly saw the continuation of a trend that saw high tax “blue” (politically-speaking) states like New Jersey, New York, California, and Illinois continue to lose people while more economically-free (both long-term and in terms of the Virus), lower-cost states like Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Arizona were among the biggest gainers in terms of population.

Fast-growing “blue” Oregon is an enigma but we suspect Californians may be moving in numbers due to its relatively lower costs.
The following data for New Mexico from the report show that New Mexico tends to attract older retirees and those moving for “lifestyle” reasons. Younger people and those moving for jobs or family are less likely to choose New Mexico.

Update: there is a similar report from Allied Van Lines. It largely reflects the trends found in the report above and can be found here:


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3 Replies to “United Van Lines 2020 mobility report: What does it mean for New Mexico?”

  1. Paul, you got the colors reversed. The blue states are the ones that people are moving INTO, while the yellow states are the ones where people are leaving. The gray ones are the states where incoming and outgoing were balanced. Just wanted to let you know.

    1. Thank you Nell! I re-read it and realized that I should have noted that they were “blue” states electorally or politically, not according to the map.

  2. Truly sad is that so many movers into a state bring their faulty view of politics and society with them, and this appears to be the case with many, if not most. No one needs Californians moving in and imposing their politics of a feudal empire in a single-party state (The party IS the state. And we have proponents of this in New Mexico, including a ranking state employee.)
    Something else – I have done a good bit of redistricting in the past 50 years, and the NM map of US House districts apparently is pretty fairly drawn, without soda straws stretching out to create “safe” districts, a despicable and cynical business.

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