According to a 2012 study by Atlas van lines, which for the last decade has collected data on the origins and destinations of interstate moves, there are more balanced states in the Midwest – states where the number of people moving in and moving out are roughly the same – than in recent times. This, Atlas says, is a sign that the economy could be stabilizing. Washington, D.C., North Dakota and North Carolina topped the list for net growth of new residents, while the biggest losers were Wyoming, Nebraska and New York.

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