Where people in Iowa are moving to most

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June 13, 2022
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Where people in Iowa are moving to most

The U.S. is among the most mobile countries in the world, but our rates of moving have slumped in recent decades. In 2019, for example, a lower percentage of Americans changed residence than any year prior since 1947 when migration statistics were first gathered by the Census Bureau. Between March of 2019 and 2020, just 9.3% of Americans moved.

American migration has been in some form of decline since the housing boom and economic growth of the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. During that period, as much as 20% of the population moved each year.

Stacker compiled a list of where people in Iowa are moving to most using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. States are ranked by the number of people that have moved from Iowa in 2019. Keep reading to see where people in your home state are moving the most.

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#40. Maryland

- Moved from Iowa to Maryland in 2019: 130
--- 0.2% of residents that moved
- Moved from Maryland to Iowa in 2019: 1,444
--- #23 most common destination from Maryland
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#39. Alaska

- Moved from Iowa to Alaska in 2019: 143
--- 0.2% of residents that moved
- Moved from Alaska to Iowa in 2019: 425
--- #30 most common destination from Alaska
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#38. Connecticut

- Moved from Iowa to Connecticut in 2019: 165
--- 0.2% of residents that moved
- Moved from Connecticut to Iowa in 2019: 142
--- #43 most common destination from Connecticut
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#37. Maine

- Moved from Iowa to Maine in 2019: 183
--- 0.2% of residents that moved
- Moved from Maine to Iowa in 2019: 0
--- #46 most common destination from Maine
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#36. Mississippi

- Moved from Iowa to Mississippi in 2019: 246
--- 0.3% of residents that moved
- Moved from Mississippi to Iowa in 2019: 424
--- #24 most common destination from Mississippi

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#35. Pennsylvania

- Moved from Iowa to Pennsylvania in 2019: 278
--- 0.4% of residents that moved
- Moved from Pennsylvania to Iowa in 2019: 318
--- #46 most common destination from Pennsylvania
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#34. Louisiana

- Moved from Iowa to Louisiana in 2019: 330
--- 0.4% of residents that moved
- Moved from Louisiana to Iowa in 2019: 502
--- #33 most common destination from Louisiana
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#33. Montana

- Moved from Iowa to Montana in 2019: 350
--- 0.5% of residents that moved
- Moved from Montana to Iowa in 2019: 402
--- #25 most common destination from Montana
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#32. Massachusetts

- Moved from Iowa to Massachusetts in 2019: 390
--- 0.5% of residents that moved
- Moved from Massachusetts to Iowa in 2019: 271
--- #40 most common destination from Massachusetts
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#31. Rhode Island

- Moved from Iowa to Rhode Island in 2019: 413
--- 0.6% of residents that moved
- Moved from Rhode Island to Iowa in 2019: 34
--- #38 most common destination from Rhode Island

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#30. Oklahoma

- Moved from Iowa to Oklahoma in 2019: 551
--- 0.7% of residents that moved
- Moved from Oklahoma to Iowa in 2019: 261
--- #38 most common destination from Oklahoma
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#29. Michigan

- Moved from Iowa to Michigan in 2019: 600
--- 0.8% of residents that moved
- Moved from Michigan to Iowa in 2019: 350
--- #39 most common destination from Michigan
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#28. Washington

- Moved from Iowa to Washington in 2019: 644
--- 0.9% of residents that moved
- Moved from Washington to Iowa in 2019: 781
--- #39 most common destination from Washington
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#27. North Dakota

- Moved from Iowa to North Dakota in 2019: 652
--- 0.9% of residents that moved
- Moved from North Dakota to Iowa in 2019: 76
--- #35 most common destination from North Dakota
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#26. Arkansas

- Moved from Iowa to Arkansas in 2019: 674
--- 0.9% of residents that moved
- Moved from Arkansas to Iowa in 2019: 188
--- #35 most common destination from Arkansas

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#25. Alabama

- Moved from Iowa to Alabama in 2019: 722
--- 1.0% of residents that moved
- Moved from Alabama to Iowa in 2019: 70
--- #46 most common destination from Alabama
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#24. Oregon

- Moved from Iowa to Oregon in 2019: 802
--- 1.1% of residents that moved
- Moved from Oregon to Iowa in 2019: 981
--- #23 most common destination from Oregon
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#23. Tennessee

- Moved from Iowa to Tennessee in 2019: 857
--- 1.1% of residents that moved
- Moved from Tennessee to Iowa in 2019: 546
--- #37 most common destination from Tennessee
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#22. South Carolina

- Moved from Iowa to South Carolina in 2019: 871
--- 1.2% of residents that moved
- Moved from South Carolina to Iowa in 2019: 64
--- #48 most common destination from South Carolina
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#21. Utah

- Moved from Iowa to Utah in 2019: 929
--- 1.2% of residents that moved
- Moved from Utah to Iowa in 2019: 3
--- #48 most common destination from Utah

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#20. Ohio

- Moved from Iowa to Ohio in 2019: 1,005
--- 1.3% of residents that moved
- Moved from Ohio to Iowa in 2019: 1,358
--- #28 most common destination from Ohio
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#19. Kansas

- Moved from Iowa to Kansas in 2019: 1,010
--- 1.4% of residents that moved
- Moved from Kansas to Iowa in 2019: 1,295
--- #17 most common destination from Kansas
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#18. North Carolina

- Moved from Iowa to North Carolina in 2019: 1,227
--- 1.6% of residents that moved
- Moved from North Carolina to Iowa in 2019: 1,307
--- #36 most common destination from North Carolina
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#17. New York

- Moved from Iowa to New York in 2019: 1,554
--- 2.1% of residents that moved
- Moved from New York to Iowa in 2019: 489
--- #44 most common destination from New York
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#16. Georgia

- Moved from Iowa to Georgia in 2019: 1,566
--- 2.1% of residents that moved
- Moved from Georgia to Iowa in 2019: 498
--- #40 most common destination from Georgia

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#15. Kentucky

- Moved from Iowa to Kentucky in 2019: 1,573
--- 2.1% of residents that moved
- Moved from Kentucky to Iowa in 2019: 376
--- #30 (tie) most common destination from Kentucky
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#14. Nevada

- Moved from Iowa to Nevada in 2019: 1,706
--- 2.3% of residents that moved
- Moved from Nevada to Iowa in 2019: 492
--- #36 most common destination from Nevada
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#13. Indiana

- Moved from Iowa to Indiana in 2019: 1,744
--- 2.3% of residents that moved
- Moved from Indiana to Iowa in 2019: 836
--- #26 most common destination from Indiana
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#12. Virginia

- Moved from Iowa to Virginia in 2019: 1,827
--- 2.4% of residents that moved
- Moved from Virginia to Iowa in 2019: 1,051
--- #39 most common destination from Virginia
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#11. California

- Moved from Iowa to California in 2019: 1,956
--- 2.6% of residents that moved
- Moved from California to Iowa in 2019: 5,819
--- #30 most common destination from California

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#10. Colorado

- Moved from Iowa to Colorado in 2019: 2,589
--- 3.5% of residents that moved
- Moved from Colorado to Iowa in 2019: 4,472
--- #15 most common destination from Colorado
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#9. Arizona

- Moved from Iowa to Arizona in 2019: 2,982
--- 4.0% of residents that moved
- Moved from Arizona to Iowa in 2019: 2,175
--- #23 most common destination from Arizona
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#8. Texas

- Moved from Iowa to Texas in 2019: 3,306
--- 4.4% of residents that moved
- Moved from Texas to Iowa in 2019: 3,936
--- #35 most common destination from Texas
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#7. South Dakota

- Moved from Iowa to South Dakota in 2019: 3,613
--- 4.8% of residents that moved
- Moved from South Dakota to Iowa in 2019: 2,276
--- #3 most common destination from South Dakota
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#6. Florida

- Moved from Iowa to Florida in 2019: 3,669
--- 4.9% of residents that moved
- Moved from Florida to Iowa in 2019: 4,397
--- #28 most common destination from Florida

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#5. Wisconsin

- Moved from Iowa to Wisconsin in 2019: 4,289
--- 5.7% of residents that moved
- Moved from Wisconsin to Iowa in 2019: 4,722
--- #6 most common destination from Wisconsin
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#4. Minnesota

- Moved from Iowa to Minnesota in 2019: 5,739
--- 7.7% of residents that moved
- Moved from Minnesota to Iowa in 2019: 5,358
--- #9 most common destination from Minnesota
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#3. Missouri

- Moved from Iowa to Missouri in 2019: 5,774
--- 7.7% of residents that moved
- Moved from Missouri to Iowa in 2019: 3,461
--- #10 most common destination from Missouri
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#2. Nebraska

- Moved from Iowa to Nebraska in 2019: 6,952
--- 9.3% of residents that moved
- Moved from Nebraska to Iowa in 2019: 7,454
--- #1 most common destination from Nebraska
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#1. Illinois

- Moved from Iowa to Illinois in 2019: 10,294
--- 13.8% of residents that moved
- Moved from Illinois to Iowa in 2019: 10,843
--- #9 most common destination from Illinois

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