Just in Time! The Most Moved to Cities of 2017

by Mahogany WaldonMay 8, 2018

As springtime rolls on, the housing market is heating up. Spring is one of the best times of the year to buy and sell a home. Why? Well, for multiple reasons; ranging from spring being the perfect time to stage a home as well as being the ideal time to buy or sell as there aren’t any major holidays. Spring is also a great time to buy a home because many people across the country are aware of where they stand financially, as that their income taxes have just been squared away. During this time of year, realtors and homeowners know that if they want to have a home sold or bought that time is of the essence.
Man and woman unpacking near home sweet home welcome mat, moving boxes and plant.
More homes are sold between May 1st through 15th than any other time of the year. That said, are you curious to know which cities are the most moved to according to the data we have compiled?

Where Are People Moving?

Down South
According to our data, Florida is a hotbed for those that are looking for a new place to call home. Florida is considered a premier retirement destination, but potential residents are eager to take advantage of the many Fortune 500 companies located throughout its major cities, the lively entertainment industry, and the high-ranking colleges and universities.

Popular places in Florida to move:

Out West
If you’re looking to head west, or if you’re already there and are considering a nearby town to move to, Denver might be a great option. Denver is a great town for those with former military experience. This mountainous city is close to Colorado Springs and Grand Junction, two other veteran-friendly places in the state. Furthermore, it’s a great town for those looking to start a business and for those who want to enjoy the great outdoors.

“Denver, as a city, has an abundance of parks, biking/walking trails, and great weather, with 300 days of sunshine per year! On top of that, Denver is located at the doorstep of the Rocky Mountains where people enjoy hiking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, boating, and many other activities,” says Zac Nelson of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

If Denver sounds appealing to you, then you’d want to check out a home in the city’s River North section. According to Nelson, this area is one that new buyers should be aware of.

“The RiNo, or River North area is definitely up and coming. It’s located just north of Downtown Denver. Historically, it was a neighborhood/area dominated by industrial and warehouses. Now, businesses and developers are coming in and re-imagining the spaces.”

Don’t forget to check out how Denver compares to other cities.

What City Had the Highest Net Migration?

A graphic with a map and numbered list of 15 cities and their migration rate.
Cities attract new residents for different reasons, leading to a growing population and economy. Fort Myers, Florida tops our list as being the city with the largest net migration growth at 12.7 percent.

Fort Myers is an attractive city for millennials joining the workforce and baby boomers leaving it. Fort Myers is a beautiful vacation destination and a great place to live. Florida doesn’t have a state income tax, so residents get to keep a lot more of their hard-earned income. Furthermore, there are numerous economic offerings for small businesses and young professionals on the rise.

Although Oklahoma City only had a 4.6 percent migration rate, this Midwest town is fast-growing nonetheless. While OKC was once well-known in the oil industry, today the major industries in Oklahoma City include energy, biotechnology, agriculture, and aviation. Oklahoma City is also a major college town: Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City Community College, and Oklahoma City University all call the OKC home and are major employers contributing to the city’s economic drive.

Oklahoma city’s best neighborhoods include:

  • Edmond
  • Nichols Hills
  • Moore
  • Yukon
  • Norman

Up and Coming Cities
Although the places listed in our map are major cities, there are also smaller cities listed that buyers should pay attention to. Sarasota and Daytona Beach are smaller-known Florida cities that make big waves. Sarasota offers lots of amazing neighborhoods like South Sarasota that has high-ranking schools and its part of the Bradenton–Sarasota–Venice metro, making for a great hideaway from the city.

Daytona Beach is famous for the Daytona 500 NASCAR cup motor race held annually in February but the city has more to offer than just its speedway. This area is another great college town and has miles of Eastern Floridian shoreline that makes it a great place to vacation or for you to become a permanent beach bum.

Is the Midwest on your radar? It should be, cities like Boise, Idaho and Des Moines, Iowa are areas with endless opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Boise and Des Moines take the cake in their respective states for being the largest metro areas. Both are growing at quick rates due to the many economic developments taking place in the cities.

Idaho’s state department of labor projects that Boise will have an annual growth rate of 1.4 percent through 2025. Boise’s tech industry is a driving force behind the growth of the city. Nicknamed “Boise Valley,” major tech companies in the area include Micron Technology, St. Luke’s Health, and Boise Cascade. Boise is also great for outdoor enthusiasts, and the city is dedicated to the green industry and its numerous parks and wildlife areas (Boise National Forest) offer residents an escape from the city to enjoy nature. Boise city officials are making strides to improve and increase wildlife conservation efforts. There are numerous management strategies to ensure that wildlife in and surrounding the city aren’t disturbed. If you’re looking for a bustling, yet serene city to call home, Boise just might be the place for you and your family.

Des Moines is driving its growth with major revitalization projects within its neighborhoods, as well as developing new districts throughout the city for businesses. The Des Moines Public School District is the largest provider of public education in the state of Iowa and has the largest variety of educational programs in the state. Des Moines also has a number of historic districts throughout the city that local officials are designating for suburban development. There is also a booming business district for those with an entrepreneurial spirit as well as a market district for those with a more eclectic taste.

Why Are People Moving?

People move for all sorts of reasons. From graduating college to retiring, finding a new home is a change that can happen at any point in life. Starting a family and a new business venture are also reasons people move in the hopes of being closer to high-ranking school districts and larger homes to being in prime markets for their potential consumers.

Is it Worth the Move?

If you’ve taken a new position or are getting ready to retire soon, a move could very well be a welcome change. Everyone moves for different reasons, but when considering a new place to live, accepting a fancy job offer or looking into dream destinations isn’t enough to ensure you have a seamless transition: preparation is key. If you’re looking for a new home, you can get started today by checking out some of our listings in one of these most moved to cities.

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About The Author
Mahogany Waldon
Mahogany is a Content Marketing Coordinator for Homes.com. In her spare time, Mahogany enjoys reading, writing poetry, blogging, traveling, and loves a good southern idiom. Mahogany is also a certified Reiki practitioner and enjoys all things supernatural.