Nevada ranked No. 1 in the 2018 Atlas Van Lines Migration Patterns study, two steps up from the third-place finish it earned in the same study in 2017. The state also ranked No. 4 in the 2018 National Movers Study by United Van Lines, the same position it received the previous year.

Nevada earned the top spot in the Atlas study after posting a 68 percent rate for inbound moves, compared to 32 percent of moving activity being represented by outbound movers. It is the second year in a row Nevada had more people moving into the state than residents leaving to move somewhere else.

Before that, Nevada was rated as a "balanced" state - meaning inbound and outbound moves were roughly equal - from 2009 to 2016.
Here are the top five states for inbound moves last year, according to the 2018 Atlas Van Lines study:
Nevada (67.8 percent)
Idaho (66.2 percent)
North Carolina (62.6 percent)
New Hampshire (57.3 percent)
Tennessee (57.2 percent)

Nevada and Idaho made the top five in both moving studies and the Atlas and United studies also featured six similar states in their top 10. Both studies only capture moving data from people who used their respective service.

Here are the top five states from the 2018 United Van Lines study:
Vermont (72.6 percent)
Oregon (62.4 percent)
Idaho (62.4 percent)
Nevada (61.8 percent)
Arizona (60.2 percent)

About 46 percent 
of the people moving into the state cited work as the reason, according to the United Van Lines study, followed by retirees, who accounted for 29 percent of newcomers. Other reasons cited include lifestyle, family and health.

In one of the studies, Washoe County posted a higher rate of inbound relocations than the state as a whole, although the Las Vegas area still had a higher number of total movers.

 Reno-Sparks is also outpacing the nation for its influx of younger people moving into the area in the last decade, according to an analysis from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Other reasons cited for moving include lifestyle, family and health. The No. 1 factor for migration to Nevada, however, was jobs. More than 36 percent of the United Movers Study's respondents cited work as their reason for moving to the state.
The improving economy also was cited as a key factor by those behind the Atlas Van Lines study.

The numbers bear out a youth movement for the greater Reno-Sparks area. While people age 50 and older accounted for 35.8 percent of inbound movers to Washoe County from 2010 to 2016, those in the sought-after prime age group of 18 to 34 account for a larger share at 44.7 percent, according to the Center for Regional Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Washoe's share of incoming people at that younger age range is also higher than the national average of 23.6 percent.

"That youth number for us is huge because it's considered very important for communities, whether it be the future labor force, entrepreneurs or promoting technology," said Brian Bonnenfant, Center for Regional Studies project manager. "They're also the ones that go to bars and restaurants and eventually buy houses so it's good to have that infusion of young blood coming into your region."
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