We missed it at the start of 2019 but here is a link to the United Van Lines Mover’s Study. The map produced for the study is below.
The study itself was written up by Fox Business News in a report mentioning that of the people moving to New Mexico, the highest proportion (43%) are moving here for retirement. This is accurate, but it does not mean New Mexico is an especially popular retirement destination. It just means that of the people coming to NM, the highest proportion of any state are coming for retirement.
More importantly (in our view) is the fact that nearly 2 New Mexicans are moving out of state to find a job for every one who is coming here for work.
It’s not ALL bad for New Mexico. The State is not among the 10 states seeing the most people moving out (nor is it among the top destinations (for United Van Lines). Of course, this data is from one company. United Van Lines does not necessarily reflect the “average” person moving from state to state. It is interesting to look at and the fact that retirees form a large portion of those moving into New Mexico only reinforces what we already know….that New Mexico is not particularly attractive to the young, but is relatively attractive for older people.