According to the United Van Lines' 37th Annual Migration Study, which tracks the company’s customers move to and from during the course of the year, Oregon is the top moving destination of 2013. North and South Carolina take up the next two spots on the list, followed by the District of Columbia and South Dakota. Michigan, which was at or near the top of the outbound list for 16 consecutive years, finally appeared in the "balanced" category for 2013. 

The story of the population and economic decline of some of the Midwest’s largest, historically most important cities did not begin in 2000 and will likely not end in 2010.  Nonetheless, data from U.S. Census 2010 are striking in showing the extent of the out-migration from many of this region’s central towns.

In a decade when the U.S. population grew at the smallest rate since the 1930s and the Great Depression, every Midwestern state failed to keep pace with the nation’s 10-year growth rate of 9.7 percent.

The U.S. is undergoing a major demographic revolution that will have major public policy implications across regions and states and within regions and states. Our population is aging, we are becoming more diverse, dramatic migration patterns are occurring and social indicators reveal major challenges ahead.