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A worrisome trend: Washington D.C. led the nation in the percent of inbound interstate Atlas Van moving traffic for the 7th straight year.
Over the past 10 years, 68% of all movers that participated in the company’s corporate relocation survey who moved into or out of D.C. have been of the inbound orientation. Proponents of smaller government would probably like to see some cyclicality in that number and not a long inbound streak as it indicates the the government, quasi-government, or succubi firms are sending more people into the region than are being kicked out. It’s generally a bad sign for the rest of the nation and our federal budget than people are moving to that place.
It could perhaps be the case that the Feds are more likely to fund a move into the maw rather than a move out of the maw. People probably don’t get sent to the Big Show until later in their careers at which point they won’t be employed by a company that is going to fund a big move. So it might be that D.C. will always have a higher inbound bias. The federal government and military account for a quarter of all interstate moves, according to the Big Mover lobby – the American Moving and Storage Association. Moves associated with D.C. are going to tend to be inbound rather than out. But it’s still a problem that D.C. has this streak going indicating that there is an increase in the disparity.
Here is a previous look at Atlas van line moving trends.