Who you are and how you feel about out-of-state folks will go a long way in determining your opinion on this. We all know that in the last several years, folks have been flocking to Montana, which has caused some issues for locals.

It's a topic that has been and will continue to be debated for years to come, however, some recent news suggests that the migration to Montana might just be slowing down a little.

Now, for all of you "go back where you came from" folks, I wouldn't get too excited. Montana is still one of the most desirable places to live, but according to some new data, we're seeing things slow down a bit.

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MoveBudda has just released information for the first half of 2022 and for the first time in the last few years, Montana is not number one for new move-ins. The data is collected by comparing folks moving into Montana versus folks moving out of the state. Since the pandemic, Montana has been the top destination, but as of last month, we've been replaced.

Moving van with cardboard box and chairs by house

So where does Montana rank now?

While we're no longer number one, we didn't fall very far.  Montana is now 3rd on the list. So who came in first? Hawaii. I will admit, I was a little surprised to discover this, and even more surprised to discover that the 2nd spot went to Alaska.

Portrait Of Family Standing Outside House

Although I do have a friend whose philosophy is, 'why not live where you vacation?' It certainly makes sense when you look at it from that standpoint. In fact, all 5 of the top states are popular with tourists. Here's a look at the Top 5:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Alaska
  3. Montana
  4. South Carolina
  5. Maine

For those hoping that all of the out-of-staters moving here will stop, I'm afraid you're going to be disappointed. However, you can take a little bit of comfort in knowing that it at least is slowing down...a little.


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