Net Loss

Iowa lost population last year, according to a study from United Van Lines. The moving company says it handled more moves for people leaving Iowa, than those moving in, making it 8th of the 50 states for having the most “out-bound” moves. Michael Stoll, a professor of public policy at U-C-L-A, studies the data for United. Stoll says many of the people who left Iowa are young, between the ages of 25 and 44, and many head south.

The number-one reason people give for moving is job-related, but other factors play a role, including family, housing costs and taxes.