October 29, 2019

AZ Business Magazine

Report: Phoenix is the No. 1 migration destination

Americans move more often than any other people in the word. Within the U.S. borders, metro to metro migration accounts for many of the population shifts. But which are the top 10 most popular migration destinations? Using U.S. Census Bureau data, COMMERCIALCafé’s latest study answers precisely this question.  And Phoenix is the No. 1 answer.

Here are a few of the key takeaways:

• Phoenix ranked 1st, gaining a net average of 42,869 residents per year from other U.S. metro areas.

• The Phoenix metro region is popular with people moving from California and the Midwest. The Los Angeles metro is the largest source of new residents for Phoenix, while Tucson is the biggest destination for out-migration.

• The number of employed residents in Phoenix grew by 3.5% yearly on average. The management, business and financial sector, in particular, grew by 6.1% yearly.

Read more and have a look at the methodology here → https://www.commercialcafe.com/blog/metro-to-metro-migration-metro-areas-winning/


More than 45 million Americans changed residences between 2017 and 2018, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. This means that more than 14% of the total U.S. population moved in the course of a single year. Migration has been a defining characteristic of Americans since the frontier expansion; nowadays, Americans move more often than most other people in the world.

Many of the shifts in population within U.S. borders can be attributed to residents moving from one Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) to another. To see which metros are the most popular destinations, we analyzed net population gains through metro-to-metro migration for U.S. cities and their respective MSAs. We used U.S. Census estimates for 2013-2017, the latest data released as of August 2019.

Overall, the COMMERCIALCafé study found that the Sun Belt is an attractive area for inter-metro migration. Tech hubs are also a step ahead when it comes to drawing prospective residents. Take a look at the chart below to see which metros drew the most residents per year through metro-to-metro migration.