15 most popular U.S. moving destinations

Business News | 30 Nov, 2018 |

Updater, the nation’s leading ReloTech platform, today announced its second annual ranking of the fifteen most popular cities Americans moved to in 2018. Updater is a software app that streamlines home moving and currently processes nearly 25% of all American household goods moves. Updater’s Top Fifteen Moving Destinations was created with unique insight into America’s migration patterns.

The ranking is based on relocation data from a subset of 2,000,000 household goods moves from January 1, 2018, through August 31, 2018. Updater’s platform captures moves in real-time, creating the most accurate and current migration data available.

Updater’s Top Fifteen Moving Destinations list is topped this year by Washington D.C., the highest-ranking city on the list for the second year in a row. The Top Fifteen Moving Destinations with last year’s ranking in parenthesis are as follows:

1. Washington, DC (1)

2. Dallas (2)

3. Atlanta (5)

4. New York City (4)

5. Los Angeles (3)

6. Seattle (12)

7. Houston (7)

8. Chicago (10)

9. Phoenix (15)

10. San Francisco (9)

11. Denver (13)

12. Portland (N/A)

13. Minneapolis (N/A)

14. Tampa (N/A)

15. Austin (6)

Metros that ranked for the first time include Portland, Minneapolis, and Tampa. Metros that ranked in 2017, but did not rank in 2018 include Philadelphia, Orlando, and Boston.

“We’re a decade past the housing market collapse of 2008 and the financial troubles that followed. Today, however, we’re facing affordability troubles,” says Updater’s Head of Marketing, Jenna Weinerman. “Inventory shortages plague many urban areas, causing first-time homebuyers to struggle with down payments in markets like San Francisco and Seattle. That dynamic has led to more Americans moving back to the major suburbs of the cities on our list, particularly in markets that have seen explosive developer growth like Austin and Houston.”

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