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After years of more Atlas moving vans leaving Florida, a reversal

Moving vans are once again entering Florida more often than they are leaving, at least by one company's measure.

For the first time in five years, Florida's 5,636 inbound moves in 2011 out numbered its 5,269 outbound moves, according to Atlas Van Lines.

Interstate moving is one indicator that the Florida economy may be picking up steam, with more people from other states starting to relocate here again.

The state's historically strong inbound migration faltered during the severe recession when people nationwide found it difficult to sell their homes.

Florida's struggling economy and high unemployment also discouraged moves to the state and prompted more Floridians to leave.

According to the Atlas Van Lines data, the 5,269 outbound moves in 2011 was the lowest number of moves out of Florida since at least 2001.

Overall, Atlas Van Lines called Florida's 2011 interstate pattern "balanced" between inbound and outbound moves and typical of most southeastern, western and upper New England states. States registering the biggest outbound-vs.-inbound moves were clustered in the Midwest and also included New York and the Canadian provinces.

States enjoying the most inbound moves included Texas, New Mexico, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and North Dakota.

Atlas based its report on 80,289 interstate moves in 2011.

After years of more Atlas moving vans leaving Florida, a reversal 01/04/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 10:57pm]
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