2020: Did Iowa’s Population Increase or Decrease?
With 2020 in the rearview mirror, we can now take a look back at some of the trends of the year. One huge one was working from home as offices all over the world shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While many have either reopened or at least set a date to start-up again, some employees will be allowed to call home the office for the foreseeable future.
As a result of this, many people chose to relocate in 2020 to find cheaper living, which brings with it promise of more take-home income. But was Iowa one of the states people flocked to? According to a new study from moving company United Moving Vans... no, not really.
Iowa saw roughly a 41% increase in inbound movers for family reasons, but saw about a 69% increase in outbound movers for job reasons. More people moved to Iowa to retire than left the state for retirement, but by most metrics, not a lot changed for the state in terms of population, with the overall changes being 52.1% coming to the state (inbound) and 47.9% leaving (outbound).
Meanwhile, a couple of our neighbors actually saw pretty sizable population increases last year: More people migrated to Nebraska for a new job or transfer of jobs than any other state. South Dakota saw a 62.3% increase in inbound residents, and while more folks left Minnesota than moved to the state, Minnesota did lead the way in people moving (inbound) for family reasons.
As far as getting outta dodge, for the third year in a row, New Jersey saw the highest ratio of people leaving to people staying.
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