Where Are People Moving To? Florida and the South

A new report by Pods shows Florida has six cities on the Top 20 list for 2023
Waterfront of Sarasota
Sarasota, on the Gulf Coast of Florida, is the top Sunshine State destination for movers, according to the Pods report. Photo by Josiah Gibbs/Unsplash

People always seem to be on the move, but where are they moving to? Ignore the TV pundits and their theories: Pods, the portable moving solutions company, has identified the Top 20 cities people are moving to with the release of their third annual relocation trends report.

Florida, it seems, is pretty popular with six cities in the Top 12 of the list.

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The report analyzes consumer movements throughout the past 15 months, identifying the environmental factors that inspired these trends. The entire list is as follows, with last year’s rankings in parentheses:

  1. Myrtle Beach, SC/Wilmington, NC (6)
  2. Sarasota, FL (1)
  3. Orlando, FL (9)
  4. Ocala, FL (5)
  5. Houston, TX (12)
  6. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (2)
  7. Knoxville, TN (7)
  8. Jacksonville, FL (11)
  9. Tampa Bay, FL (4)
  10. Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (14)
  11. Nashville, TN (3)
  12. Melbourne, FL (15)
  13. Portland, ME (20)
  14. San Antonio, TX (13)
  15. Boise, ID (19)
  16. Charlotte, NC (18)
  17. Asheville, NC (17)
  18. Phoenix, AZ (10)
  19. Savannah, GA
  20. Raleigh, NC

Economics appears to be the largest factor influencing consumers’ decisions to move, with low tax rates, warmer weather, and more affordable housing prices being the main motivators behind consumer choices. This is different from the 2022 report, where people were primarily influenced by the opportunity to work remotely and moved to be closer to loved ones. Cities with higher crime rates, turbulent weather, and higher costs of living saw a greater loss in residents compared to others.

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“As relocation trends continue to be affected by the economy and other external factors, Pods remains committed to evolving and adapting to customer needs,” said Rich Schwartz, SVP, Corporate Operations. “We continue to remain versatile and innovative to help provide a seamless moving experience given the ever-changing factors that influence the moving industry.”

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