The Palmetto State is rolling out to the welcome mat to the world, and in return the world is beating a path to our door.
United Van Lines released its 2018 Movers Report, a detailed breakdown on which states are seeing the most inbound residents, and which states are losing the most residents. And across all 50 states, South Carolina ranked No. 6 for most inbound residents, one spot up from last year.
Looking at the big picture, the south is one of the hottest regions for inbound residents, with Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee all posting serious gains last year. But South Carolina leads the pack, with nearly 60% of all moves in the state carrying new residents in.
According to the study, “United Van Lines determined the top reasons for moving south include job change (46.6 percent) and retirement (22.3 percent).” Along with a job change and retirement, United Van Lines found significant numbers of people moving to South Carolina for the general lifestyle and for family. But retirement seems like the largest factor, with nearly 37% of those moving here being 65 or older, with a large majority enjoying six-figure incomes.
“As the nation’s largest household goods mover, our study allows us to identify the most and least popular states for residential relocation throughout the country, year after year,” said Eily Cummings, director of corporate communications at United Van Lines. “These findings accurately reflect not only where Americans are moving to and from, but also the reasons why.”
So with this influx of independently wealthy retirees coming to South Carolina, you can understand what good news this is for Head Island. Our beautiful beaches, wealth of amenities and lovely seasonal climate create the perfect atmosphere for those looking to unwind a little bit and enjoy the best years of their lives. And our tight community spirit means they’ll find a whole island of people to enjoy them with.
The trends from this study show more and more people making their way to the South, with more of them choosing South Carolina than any other state. Hilton Head Island, get ready to meet the new neighbors.