Kentucky in 2010 was the state with the highest percentage, 63 percent, of inbound transfers, according to Atlas Van Lines, which has tracked executive migration through an annual study since 1993.
The state ranks just behind the anomalous Washington, D.C., and ahead of Arizona, Georgia and Maryland in the top five.
According to a survey of human resources executives, Kentucky had 1,189 inbound moves and 843 outbound moves. This is the 10th straight year that Kentucky has been an "inbound" state.
That compares favorably with nearby states: Ohio had the highest outbound migration rate, 65 percent, and Indiana had the second-highest, 58 percent.
Kentucky's stable housing market was cited as one reason companies with a presence in multiple states chose to move people into the state.