About as many people move into Montana as move out according to data from Atlas Van Lines. This year's data classified Montana as a balanced state in 2016. Montana has registered as balanced since 2014. In 2016, Montana had 238 inbound moves and 204 outbound. Nationwide in 2016, the total number of moves were down, reaching 75,427 versus 77,705 in 2015. Idaho and Wyoming saw the highest amount of inbound and outbound traffic respectively.The 2016 Atlas Van Lines Migration Patterns study found that eleven U.S. states, along with the nation's capital, experienced a shift in migration status in 2016. The study also found that 26 states registered as balanced-meaning that moves in and out of the states were roughly equal- 15 states registered as outbound, and 9 as inbound, in addition to Washington, D.C.The company has conducted the study since 1993 to track the nation's interstate (between states) moving patterns year to year as reflected in moves handled by Atlas.This is the first year Idaho has been the study's inbound leader. Wyoming topped the outbound list back in 2012 as well.

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