By Patricia L. Garcia
Americans are on the move — 35.9 million of them between 2012 and 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
But, which were the 50 top destination cities in the United States that all of these folks are moving to? U-Haul has the answer. Combing through nationwide stats for 2013, the moving equipment and storage rental company recently released its 2013 Top 50 U.S. Destination Cities Report, based on more than 1.7 million one-way truck transactions occurring during a recent 12-month period.
Here’s why Americans flocked to the Top 10 destination cities:
As “The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons mentions in a promo for his hometown, Houston is a museum hub (he says he saw more art in Houston than he ever did living in New York City), among other things. The cultural hotspot is the fourth-largest city in the country and is known for its energy, biomedical research, and aeronautical industries. This Texas city includes professional sports teams and plenty of upscale eateries.
Orlando’s tourism is alive and strong — its many theme parks are the reason it’s known as the “Theme Park Capital of the World.” But there’s more to Orlando than mouse ears and roller coaster rides: an emerging tech industry makes it a great place for those looking for good jobs, while its many attractions make for good entertainment.
3. Las Vegas
Sin City is not all about excess. A low cost of living makes this casino-rich city attractive to out-of-towners. It’s got casinos and night clubs galore, but it also has world-class cuisine, a top-notch zoo for nature lovers and more golf courses than you can imagine. And with Zappos being headquartered here, the chances of Vegas being a tech hub (jobs!) have increased.
The Windy City boasts entertainment — live music, Second City shows, museums and architecture, professional sports — as well as a lively economic culture. The international finance, commerce and transportation fields provide stable jobs for residents while its low cost of living make it affordable for transplants. The culturally diverse city also means lots of great food options.
5. San Antonio
The River Walk, theme parks and Mexican food (and the Alamo, remember the Alamo!) are enough to make anyone want to move to this historic city. The seventh largest in the country, San Antonio provides plenty of entertainment for families, young adults and older adults, alike. Historic missions, the first modern art museum in Texas and moderate weather are just a few reasons that Americans moved here. Other attractions include a the longest bar in the state, a delightful zoo, SeaWorld and Market Square, where you can delight in Mexican imports.
6. Austin, Texas
It’s said that 110 people move into the Live Music Capital of the World daily. Folks are flocking to this Central Texas city for its abundance of entertainment, its laid-back attitude and its plethora of jobs. The Texas capital is a mix of politicians, college students and young professionals (and hipsters) who appreciate the outdoors, a lively entertainment scene and paying zero dollars in state income taxes. A business-friendly atmosphere attracts many types of industries, especially the tech industry, making for a healthy economic situation. The Texas Capitol is quite the stunner, too, as is the barbecue.
7. Brooklyn, N.Y.
Have you heard? Brooklyn is the coolest borough of New York. Why? It’s close enough to Manhattan if you crave the theater, music and other attractions that The Big Apple has to offer, but still is far away enough to give folks the life that New York City just can’t offer: neighborhoods and parks with yards and views of the sky — not skyscrapers — a thriving nightlife and a hyper-local lifestyle. Here, hip young adults mingle with those who’ve been in the area for generations, businesspeople and college kids.
The City of Brotherly Love is experiencing a cultural renaissance. While history shines in Philly, an emerging downtown arts scene and culinary scene (don’t think the cheesesteak will be abandoned, though!), coupled with affordable housing makes the area a destination for young adults and families. Residents enjoy the opportunity to live the urban lifestyle — downtown living, walkability and entertainment — at a fraction of what it costs in other cities.
9. Columbus, Ohio
Looking for some culture? The 15th largest city in the country has it in spades and the Wexler Center for the Arts is just the place to get your contemporary art fix. The business climate is friendly and the cost of living is affordable. Columbus is also a progressive city where biking is encouraged and being green is a normal part of life. And, for those who value a great discussion about, well, anything, you’ll likely find someone to converse with — The Intelligent Communities Forum named Columbus one of the seven most intelligent cities in the world.
10. Kansas City, Mo.
How cool is it that this city is, well, kind of like two cities? In case you were wondering, located on the Missouri-Kansas border, Kansas City, Mo., lies east of the Missouri River (Kansas City, Kansas, is west). Kansas City is known for its jazz and blues scene, barbecue and lively downtown. There you’ll find lots of fountains, museums and high-end shopping. Consider it an alternative to Brooklyn.
Below is the full list of destination cities. Do you live in one of these popular cities? Leave a comment on why you believe your city is great.
|1. HOUSTON||26. PLANO, Texas|
|2. ORLANDO, Fla.||27. COLUMBIA, S.C.|
|3. LAS VEGAS||28. WASHINGTON, D.C.|
|4. CHICAGO||29. ATLANTA|
|5. SAN ANTONIO||30. VICTORVILLE, Calif.|
|6. AUSTIN, Texas||31. OKLAHOMA CITY|
|7. BROOKLYN, N.Y.||32. PORTLAND, Ore.|
|8. PHILADELPHIA||33. TULSA, Okla.|
|9. COLUMBUS, Ohio||34. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.|
|10. KANSAS CITY, Mo.||35. DENVER, Colo.|
|11. SAN DIEGO||36. NASHVILLE, Tenn.|
|12. DALLAS||37. RALEIGH, N.C.|
|13. SACRAMENTO, Calif.||38. SAN JOSE, Calif.|
|14. CHARLOTTE, N.C.||39. BALTIMORE|
|15. PHOENIX||40. CINCINNATI, Ohio|
|16. TAMPA, Fla.||41. MIAMI, Fla.|
|17. NEW YORK CITY||42. TACOMA, Wash.|
|18. JACKSONVILLE, Fla.||43. LOUISVILLE, KY|
|19. INDIANAPOLIS||44. SALT LAKE CITY|
|20. TUCSON, Ariz.||45. KNOXVILLE, Tenn.|
|21. BRONX, N.Y.||46. MADISON, Wis|
|22. LOS ANGELES||47. MILWAUKEE|
|23. ST. LOUIS||48. RENO, Nev.|
|24. SAN FRANCISCO||49. JERSERY CITY, N.J.|
|25. FORT WORTH, Texas||50. SPOKANE, Wash.|