Sep 4, 2013 -
ST. LOUIS - On the heels of the busiest residential moving season since the recession, United Van Lines today announced the findings of its 2013 Post-Peak Season Moving Trends Summary indicating the Pacific Northwest and Northern California are the fastest-growing and most popular moving destinations. San Jose, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle are among the top-six cities with the largest influx of movers into the metropolitan region compared to the number of people departing.
Michael A. Stoll, economist, professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, provided some context for the moves, “The continued growth in the tech sector is drawing people to Northern California, but the high cost of living in Silicon Valley is causing tech companies and workers to migrate north to Seattle. Portland is also experiencing unprecedented growth attracting a range of millennials and retirees relocating for amenities such as public transit, green space, local arts and a vibrant urban culture.”
United, the largest mover in the country, reports residential moves for summer 2013 are up 8.5 percent year-over-year during the industry’s busiest months, May through August. In line with this growth, the National Association of Realtors reports that U.S. home sales hit 5.39 million in July — the highest since 2009 — which signifies that housing remains a driving force for the economy even as mortgage rates have risen from record lows. Over the past 12 months, sales have surged 17.2 percent.
Based on United’s summer moving data, the most popular cities for U.S. families to move to this season were:
|1. Washington, D.C.||6. Dallas, Texas||11. San Jose, Calif.|
|2. Atlanta, Ga.||7. Portland, Ore.||12. Charlotte, N.C.|
|3. Houston, Texas||8. Phoenix, Ariz.||13. Minneapolis, Minn.|
|4. Chicago, Ill.||9. Denver, Colo.||14. Boston, Mass.|
|5. Seattle, Wash.||10. Los Angeles, Calif.||15. San Diego, Calif.|
|1. Washington, D.C.||6. New York, N.Y.||11. Denver, Colo.|
|2. Chicago, Ill.||7. Los Angeles, Calif.||12. Seattle, Wash.|
|3. Boston, Mass.||8. Dallas, Texas||13. Houston, Texas|
|4. Atlanta, Ga.||9. San Diego, Calif.||14. Philadelphia, Pa.|
|5. Phoenix, Ariz.||10. Minneapolis, Minn.||15. Norfolk, Va.|