D.C. Tops List of Popular Moving Destinations in U.S. for 2017
Washington, D.C. is not only the #1 place to see and be seen in the United States but also tops the list of the most popular movings destinations for 2017 — according to Updater’s annual moving destinations report that ranks the top 15 most moved-to metro areas.
These aggregated moving trends were determined by programmatically analyzing 1,000,0000 anonymous household moves, that took place between Jan. 1 and Oct. 1, 2017. A careful analysis of these moves shows that Americans are flocking towards large metropolitan areas, as well as rapidly growing medium-sized cities in warmer climates.
As the nation’s capital, the D.C. metro area is a popular (and obvious) moving destination choice for many looking for career opportunities and a diverse and burgeoning cultural scene — not to mention a plethora of national treasures and extensive green space.
The population of D.C. currently clocks in at just over 6.1 million, with an average household income of just under 96K. Though the median home prices in D.C. is over $500K, the median home price of the D.C. metro area is just shy of $400K.
Updater's own Head of Marketing, Jenna Weinerman, couldn't be more on board with the popularity of D.C. Here's what she has to say:
As an American University alumna, I spent four years living in our nation's capital. It's a great place to live, regardless of your age. The city is pretty much recession-proof. The government isn’t moving anywhere anytime soon. It’s a great place to get a job right out of college, with incredible opportunities and starting salaries.
Below are a few more stats for why D.C. tops the charts as the nation’s most popular moving destination.
The nation’s capital boasts:
- 14 national parks
- Dozens of art, science, and history museums
- A robust public transportation system. The Metrorail is the second busiest rail system in the U.S. with six train lines that cover 118 miles.
- A ranking as the 4th-best place to live in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Interested in learning more about the top 15 moving destinations in the nation? Check out the graphic below.