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Report: Florida remains hot spot nationally for inbound moves

California and Pennsylvania, meanwhile, are states people flee from.


  • By Mark Gordon
  • | 8:30 a.m. February 5, 2024
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Florida consistently outperforms most other states in terms of net in-migration.
Florida consistently outperforms most other states in terms of net in-migration.
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Moving giant Allied Van Lines’ newest report on migration between the states drives home a common theme: Florida remains a hot place for people to move to. 

But other states are even hotter. 

Florida is No. 5 on Allied’s 2023 list of states with the most inbound relocations. South Carolina and Tennessee are among the states to best the Sunshine State in the ranking. “Florida's appeal lies in its favorable tax policies, including no state income tax, warm climate and diverse economic opportunities, ranging from tourism to aerospace,” the report states. 

Two of the top five individual cities, Tucson and Phoenix, are in Arizona. The No 1 city Allied customers moved to last year, the report found, was Charleston, South Carolina. The other two cities on the top five are Charlotte and Nashville. 

One Florida city that made the top five of the 2023 report based on 2022 data — Sarasota — fell out of the top this year. (For some locals worried about rapid growth, traffic and infrastructure issues, that drop off is a big win.)

Just like Florida consistently is at the top of these migration lists, the states at the bottom of the list where people are moving out of, for the most part, are familiar spots: Illinois, California, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Washington are the top five in the 2023 Allied report. “High living costs, economic challenges, and, in some cases, climate issues have contributed to this trend,” the report states. 

A final interesting discovery in the report is fewer people are moving from one state to another. Interstate moves declined 12% in 2023 over 2022, the report found, following a 20% year-over-year drop in 2022. “The sustained decrease in interstate moves over the past two years reflects a cautious approach in the face of economic uncertainties, particularly the high mortgage rates,” the report states.

 

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Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon is the managing editor of the Business Observer. He has worked for the Business Observer since 2005. He previously worked for newspapers and magazines in upstate New York, suburban Philadelphia and Jacksonville.

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