Article Originally Posted By AZBigMedia On October 22, 2021
Whether it’s for an economic opportunity or the need to find a better-suited home, moving is a common occurrence in America. And, while most people who move house tend to stay within the same general area, metro-to-metro migration trends produce noticeable population shifts within the country, which can define the way metros develop. And when it comes to metro-to-metro population growth, Phoenix is No. 1.
• Phoenix earned the first spot as the most popular metro for in-migration, gaining an average of 49,882 residents per year, from exchanges with other metros, between 2015 and 2019.
• Most of the new residents came from the three largest contributors: Los Angeles, Tucson, and Chicago.
• Mostly, people left from Phoenix to Tucson, Flagstaff, and Prescott.
• Overall, the Sun Belt continues to be a popular destination for Americans with locations like Inland Empire, Dallas, and Austin making the Top 10.
For instance, our previous analysis on metro-to-metro migration found that burgeoning Sun Belt economic centers with advantageous costs of living were gaining net population from exchanges with other metros. The U.S. Census Bureau has released the latest metro-to-metro migration data in September 2021, so we decided to find out how internal population movement had changed since our last study.
Sun Belt Metros Continue Winning Residents Through Metro-to-Migration
Similar to our previous report on in-migration, the Sun Belt maintained its status as a popular destination for Americans moving to a new metro area. Granted, select areas across the South and Southwest have the perfect mix of conditions to draw new residents: Warmer climates and more sunny days per year; employment opportunities in high-performance industries for fresh graduates; and lower rent and costs of living than some higher-density coastal areas. The last factor also means that these areas are potentially great for digital nomads and remote work — which will be a big draw in the post-pandemic world given that many companies are planning to shake up their work models.