For the last 46 years, a moving company called United Van Lines has done an annual migration survey to see which states were the most popular destinations to move to and which states people have had enough of. 

Interest in Moving to Idaho Continues Wear Off

If you’re someone who hates the word “growth” and rolls your eyes every time you see an out-of-state license plate, you’ll like the report based on their 2023 numbers! From 2014-2021, Idaho consistently ranked in the Top 10 states that people were moving two, claiming the #1 spot twice over the span of those seven years. In 2022, we dropped to #15. 

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When United Van Lines released their 2023 survey results at the beginning of January, Idaho sunk even further to #21. While Idaho’s inbound traffic continues to outpace its outbound traffic, United Van Lines found that about 47% of traffic was outbound from Idaho. That’s the most outbound traffic they’ve seen from Idaho since their 2014 cities. 

Where Are Idahoans Moving To?

We put together a fairly extensive list of the cities that have been appealing to Idahoans who need a break from or need to get away from Boise. But when you look at the state as a whole? Based on the most recent “State-to-State” migration flow number available through the United States Census Bureaus, these were the states that appealed the most to the over 70,000 Idahoans who recently left the state.

#5 - Colorado

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#4 - California

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#3 - Oregon

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#2 - Utah

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#1 - Washington

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 The number of Idahoans choosing to leave the state rose almost 24% between census bureau data releases! Why are so many people leaving Idaho? United Van Lines asked their customers and here’s what they said.

6 Reasons People Abandoned Idaho and Moved Somewhere Else in 2022

United Van Lines recently released the results of their Annual National Movers Study. When tracking inbound and outbound movement from state-to-state, they also asked what factors cause people to relocate. These were the answers from Idaho ranked top to bottom.

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KEEP READING: Boise Residents Are Abandoning the Treasure Valley for These 15 Appealing Cities

In 2022, Stacker put together a list of metros people from Boise were moving to based on information collected from the U.S. Census Bureau. Their information was from the "Metro Area-to-Metro Area Migration" data set from 2015-2019. A newer set for the years 2016-2020 is now available, so re-ranked the list and updated the information about the following cities using the most current data available from each of our sources.

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LOOK: The 15 California Cities Sending the Most People to Boise

Our sources include Neighborhood Scout, which uses FBI crime data or their safety rankings, the American Census Bureau, BestPlaces.net, Niche.com, which allows current and former residents to grade their state/city/town and Realtor.com. Crime Index means the city is safer than (X)% of cities in America. Home prices reflect the current availability in September 2023.

Gallery Credit: Michelle Heart

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