Atlas Van Lines recently released the results of the 2014 Moving Migration Patterns study. Every year, Atlas calculates the number of interstate moves between U.S. states and Canadian provinces, classifying each state/province as inbound, outbound or balanced.
Nationwide in the U.S., just over half of the states were balanced in 2014, Nevada being just 1 of 26 balanced states. The majority of the western states remained balanced from the previous year with the exception of Washington, shifting from balanced to inbound, and Montana from inbound to balanced. In Canada, all provinces were outbound in 2014. The data often show changes in a state's migration patterns in response to major events: Louisiana, for instance, typically a balanced state, was outbound in 2005 and 2006 following Hurricane Katrina. But, in the last 10 years, Nevada has had no such catalyst for change.
For the sixth year in a row, Nevada has been categorized as a balanced state (with neither inbound or outbound moves exceeding 55% of the state's total moves). In 2014 Atlas moved 749 households into the state and 772 households out of the state. Out of the last decade, Nevada has been classified as a balanced state all but two years – 2007 and 2008 – where we both were inbound. In the past ten years Atlas moved 8764 households to Nevada and 8019 households out.
For a fun look at the data, view the Migration Patterns Infographic.
The complete Migrations Study can be found here.