Using 2014 (the most recent available) data from the Internal Revenue Service, Forbes examined the places where Americans were migrating in the country. Forbes contributors Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox measured this data using an attraction ratio which measures the number of domestic in-migrants per 100 out-migrants.
Based on this measure, the biggest winner was Texas, which in 2014 had an attraction ratio of 156. Another notable destination for migrants was Florida which measured at 126.7. There were similarities seen between some of the other high-ranking states:
Most of the top gainers of domestic migrants are low-tax, low-regulation states, including No. 2 South Carolina, with an attraction ratio of 127.3, as well as No. 5 North Dakota, and No. 7 Nevada. These states generally have lower housing costs than the states losing the most migrants.