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Posted on Tue, Jan 10, 2012 : 2:06 p.m.

People moving into Michigan balances those leaving - for 1st time in 6 years

By Lizzy Alfs

For the first time in six years, the number of people moving into the state of Michigan balances the number of people moving out.

The ratio of inbound and outbound migrators in Michigan in 2011 was 1,644 to 1,720, according to an annual migration report by Atlas Van Lines.

The report highlights migration patterns to show relocation data by state. A state is classified as “inbound” if more than 55 percent of total shipments moved into the state and “outbound” if more than 55 percent moved out of the state.

The 2011 results are promising for Michigan: More residents are choosing to stay here and more people are moving here than the past few years.

For instance, in 2008, there were 2,392 outbound migrators and 1,619 inbound migrators. In 2009, there were 1,818 outbound migrators and 1,205 inbound migrators.

Along with Iowa and South Dakota, Michigan is also only one of three Midwestern states classified as balanced.

Nationally, Washington D.C. had the highest percentage of inbound moves for the sixth year in a row and Ohio had the highest percentage of outbound moves, with 2,876 residents choosing to move elsewhere.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Wed, Jan 11, 2012 : 7:17 p.m.

So 1644 = 1720 ? Got to love this new math? Is it the new tea drinking republican version ? Or something they propose be taught in schools ? Mandated in schools along with the pledge of allegiance, which was determined to be unconstitutional decades ago ? Or is this like the drug testing of welfare recipients -- also determined to be unconstitutional in multiple Federal Courts of Appeal across the USA, in fact in every Court of Appeals that it ever reached and accordingly is not legal in any State in the Union ? Michigan is spiraling out of control.

Tom Whitaker

Wed, Jan 11, 2012 : 1:20 a.m.

This article from just two weeks ago in your sister blog, MLive, disputes the Atlas Van Lines &quot;study.&quot; <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Michigan lost 7400 people between July 2010 and April 2011 and continues to lead the country in population loss. While the rate of loss has slowed, it is still significant.


Tue, Jan 10, 2012 : 10:48 p.m.

This report is by Atlas Van Lines who are used by most high end- corporate type moves. Not so wealthy folks have to move themselves, so this report is not a true measure at all. As a rental agent for one of the major moving truck companies in this area, I can tell you WAY more trucks going out state than what we get in. The few that have come from outstate are generally folks that left Michigan before and have now found employment here, so they could move back.

Dog Guy

Tue, Jan 10, 2012 : 10:18 p.m.

If they seek a pleasant peninsula, they will come.


Tue, Jan 10, 2012 : 10:02 p.m.

Bring back Granholm, I liked the extra elbow room we had when everyone was leaving......................


Tue, Jan 10, 2012 : 8:25 p.m.

where are these people coming from? where are they moving to in michigan? i have yet to see this or see why they would come here.


Tue, Jan 10, 2012 : 10:51 p.m.

Because they are not unless they have a high paying transfer to Mich. Very misleading story- see my comment below


Tue, Jan 10, 2012 : 8 p.m.

I believe the proper word is migrants Lizzy


Tue, Jan 10, 2012 : 9:10 p.m.

I don't think migrants are using moving van lines to transport their household goods.


Tue, Jan 10, 2012 : 7:34 p.m.

So according to this article, 55/45 is equal to 50/50. Got to love the new math.