Migration trends tracked by the nation's largest moving company show Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine are among Northeastern states with the highest number of people heading out.
The study by St. Louis-based United Van Lines also says Washington, D.C., continues to be the nation's most popular destination, and that moving households also prefer western United States.
The study shows just over 56 percent of interstate moves leaving Rhode Island and New Hampshire in 2011.
Fewer than 56 percent of outbound movers were from Connecticut and Maine.
Illinois led the nation in outbound moves, at nearly 61 percent.
United Van Lines has been tracking moves since 1977. Its latest study is based on the more than 146,000 interstate household moves the company handled in 48 states and Washington, DC.