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Where Is America Moving? Atlas Van Lines Announces 2010 Migration Trends

Overall number of relocations is up; Midwest continues to lose residents; popular destinations include Mideast states and Southwest

EVANSVILLE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to the 2010 Atlas Van Lines Migration Patterns study, Americans are on the move. In 2010, Atlas saw increases in the number of household moves, a possible sign that the economy is improving. The annual study has tracked the nation's moves since 1993.

"Every year we look forward to sharing the results of the Atlas migration study-it is a great bellwether for the economic situation of the country"

For some states, outbound moves were high. Due to high unemployment, residents of the Rust Belt continue to relocate elsewhere. States adjacent to the Rust Belt saw a great increase in the number of inbound moves.

For the first time in two years, Kentucky joined its surrounding Mideast states-North Carolina, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.-as inbound states. For the fifth year in a row, Washington, D.C. had the highest percentage of inbound moves, while Ohio had the highest percentage of outbound moves.

Several states have remained constant in status for ten or more years. California, Kansas and South Carolina have been balanced, Indiana has been outbound, and Alaska and North Carolina have remained inbound.

As the year progressed, Atlas saw increases in the monthly totals of household moves. Summer months continued to see the highest number of moves per season. Overall, the total for 2010 was 74,541.

"Every year we look forward to sharing the results of the Atlas migration study-it is a great bellwether for the economic situation of the country," said Jack Griffin, president and COO of Atlas World Group. "The results are especially promising this year, as the number of moves has increased, with monthly numbers higher than last year's."

You can visit http://www.atlasvanlines.com/migration-patterns/ for a detailed map and state-by-state statistics.

Atlas Van Lines is the largest subsidiary of Atlas World Group, an Evansville, Ind.-based company. Atlas World Group companies employ nearly 700 people throughout North America. More than 500 Atlas interstate agents in the United States and Canada specialize in corporate relocation, household moving services and in the transportation of high-value items such as electronics, fine art, new fixtures and furniture. Visit www.atlasworldgroup.com and www.atlasvanlines.com for more information on the company and Atlas agents.

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