Charlotte, North Carolina was just ranked as the 9th most moved-to city in America by United Van Lines. For those of us who live in the Queen City, this does not come as a surprise... we can feel the influx of newcomers every single day.

 

Charlotte, NC the 9th most moved to city

Data courtesy of United Van Lines Movers Study © 2017
Demographic data only available for 2017.

 

What's causing this migration to Charlotte, North Carolina?
 

  • Charlotte was recently ranked #4 amongst the best cities in America for young professionals by Careerbliss.com, beating out LA (#19), Atlanta (#18), San Francisco (#14), and even Boston (#8).
     
  • Charlotte was recently ranked by Forbes Magazine as having the 4th fastest growing economy in the USA. Charlotte is now officially the 4th fastest growing big city in beating out Raleigh (#7), Riverside, CA (#6), and Salt Lake City (#5), and ranking just behind Nashville (#3), Orlando (#2), and Grand Rapids (#1). WalletHub recently ranked Charlotte as the 2nd fastest growing large city in the nation.
     
  • And then there are the Millennials... Charlotte was ranked by Business Insider as the #1 city in America to which Millennials are moving. Recently, Niche.com also ranked the Queen City as a top destination for Millennials, citing the Queen City's growing number of breweries, coffee shops, restaurants, and high-paying jobs.
     
  • Charlotte was ranked #2 as one of America's 50 most racially diverse cities by SmartAsset.com, just behind Philadelphia and just ahead of Sacramento.
     
  • Charlotte was ranked the 13th best city for women in tech, up from the 32nd spot in the 2016 study by SmartAsset.com, which annually analyzes the largest 59 U.S. tech cities and ranks them on four key metrics: the gender pay gap in tech, income after housing costs, women as a percentage of the tech workforce, and four-year tech employment growth. 
     
  • Charlotte was ranked as the 3rd best city out of 150 studied in the USA in which to start a business by WalletHub, beating out Austin at #8, Raleigh at #12, Houston at #18, and Atlanta at #38.
     
  • The Charlotte region is home to 6 of the top 20 safest towns in North Carolina according to Safewise.com, including Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersvill, Mint Hill (all of which are in Mecklenburg County where Charlotte is located) and Waxhaw and Stallings in Union County.

     

It's Not Just Charlotte... North Carolina Is Also A Top Destination State

Depending on which study you look at... North Carolina is ranked in the top 10 moved-to states.  The infographic below using statistics from Atlas Movers shows North Carolina to be the 7th most moved-to state in America. Meantime, United Van Lines ranks North Carolina as the 8th most moved-to state.

Recently released census data for 2017 for population estimates showed that North Carolina enjoyed one of the highest population increases in the nation, growing by 117,000 residents between July 2016 and July 2017. According to the US Census, this makes North Carolina the 5th fastest growing state in the nation with a growth rate that is almost double the national average.

 

What's causing this migration to North Carolina? According to Michael Stoll, economist and professor in the Department of Public Policy at UCLA:  “This year’s data reflects longer-term trends of movement to the western and southern states, especially to those where housing costs are relatively lower, climates are more temperate and job growth has been at or above the national average, among other factors."

 

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