PORTLAND -- Oregon is getting national attention as the most popular state to move to in 2013, with stories circulating on several popular online news sites, including CNNMoney.
The stories are focused on an annual migration study released by United Van Lines last month, which ranked Oregon as the top spot to move to. South Carolina was No. 2 and North Carolina was No. 3.
The migration study tracked 129,000 moves in the United States in 2013 and found that 63 percent of the people chose Oregon as their new home state.
Economist Michael Stoll analyzed the data for CNNMoney. He speculated that business incentives, industrial growth and relatively lower costs of living were the main reasons people were attracted to the top five destinations.
We're seeing continued migration to the Pacific Northwest as young professionals and retirees are drawn to amenities, including public transit, green space and the local arts and entertainment scene, he said.
He added that housing costs and lifestyle are also an important factor, and while Oregon has many of the same virtues as California, home prices are much lower. The median price for a single-family home in Portland, for example, is $285,000 according to Zillow. In San Francisco, it's $881,000 and in Los Angeles, $481,000.
The study showed that states in the West and Southeast are attracting more residents. Many states with high percentages of outbound moves are in the Northeast. At the other end, more people moved out of New Jersey than any other state.
Oregon had been ranked No. 2 in the past four years.