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Updated: January 23, 2012 11:03AM

If migration trends tracked by the nation’s largest moving company are any indication, Illinois is getting less crowded.

United Van Lines has been tracking moving trends since 1977. Its study released on Wednesday looked at all moves that involved either going to or leaving a state or the District of Columbia.

Illinois and New Jersey tied for the largest outbound migration, with 60.5 percent of moves involving those states heading out.

The study over the years has accurately reflected migration trends in the U.S., said Carl Walter, vice president of United Van Lines. The data is so accurate that real estate firms, financial institutions and others use United’s data for planning and analysis, he said.

For 2011, United tracked 113,916 interstate moves from Jan. 1 through Dec. 9. For the fourth year in a row, Washington, D.C., had the highest percentage of inbound moves, 62.2 percent.

Other top inbound states were in the South — North Carolina (60.6 percent of moves were inbound), Arkansas (55.4 percent), South Carolina and Texas (both 55 percent) — and in the West — Oregon (60.6 percent) and Nevada (55.6 percent). AP

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