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UTAH CALLED A `MAGNET STATE'

Professional movers know all about the trend toward migration into Utah.

U-Haul Co., where the supply-and-demand effect on prices works much as it does in any business, charges $239 to rent a 24-foot truck from Salt Lake City to Orange County, Calif. It costs $1,670 to get the same truck going the other way. It would be cheaper, in fact, to rent the truck in Utah, drive to California and bring it back - that, with the extra mileage charges, would cost $815.According to Bill Norman, a spokesman with U-Haul's corporate offices in Phoenix, Utah is one of the top six destinations for Californians leaving their state. Ahead of Utah: Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

Allied Van Lines notes an immigration pattern into Utah, according to its annual survey that tracks moving activity across the country, and rated Utah one of 18 "magnet states" in 1991.

"Magnet states," according to the company, were those where at least 55 percent of the Allied business was inbound. In Utah's case, it was 55.2 percent, up from 54.3 percent the previous year. Allied moved 1,462 shipments into Utah in 1991 and only 1,186 out of the state.

The Utah statistics mirror what Allied says is a regional phenomenon affecting the West and the Northwest in particular.

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CHART: Moving

From Orange County to Salt Lake City

Cost for 24-foot truck rental: $1,670

From Salt Lake City to Orange County

Cost for 24-foot truck rental: $239

Number of moves by Allied Van Lines in and out of Utah: In - 1,462

Out - 1,186