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Florida Tops Most Popular Relocation Destinations Again

Homebuyer migration remained at an all-time high in April and May, with 32.3% of Redfin.com users nationwide looking to move to a different metro area, according to a new report from Redfin. While that’s unchanged from the record set in the first quarter, it’s up from about 26% before the pandemic began.

Even as the housing market cools down from the pandemic-driven frenzy, many homebuyers are keen on moving from one part of the country to another. That’s largely because homebuyers are chasing affordability, moving to places like the Southwest and parts of Florida where homes are more affordable than pricey coastal metros.

Housing costs have skyrocketed and mortgage rates have shot up, making buying a home in expensive places like the Bay Area and New York even less attainable for the typical American. And because many buyers now work from home permanently, it’s more feasible to relocate to relatively affordable places like parts of the Sun Belt.

Florida is the most popular location for relocating homebuyers
Two Florida metros topped the list of most popular destinations for homebuyers moving from one metro to another in April and May: Miami and Tampa. That’s measured by net inflow, or how many more Redfin.com users looked to move into an area than leave.

Miami has topped the list all year, and Tampa just surpassed Phoenix for the number-two spot. Phoenix had held the number-two spot since last fall; now it comes in at number three, followed by Sacramento and Las Vegas.

Tampa is becoming more popular with relocating homebuyers largely because it’s relatively affordable, with the typical home selling for $370,000 in April. Although Tampa prices were up nearly 28% year over year, they were still well below the national median of $424,000. It’s the only metro on the top-five list where that’s the case. The typical home sells for $475,000 in Miami, $480,000 in Phoenix, $605,000 in Sacramento and $445,000 in Las Vegas.

Migration into Tampa has steadily ticked up since the pandemic began. Tampa had a net inflow of more than 11,000 homebuyers in the first quarter, up from roughly 7,600 a year earlier and about 4,000 two years earlier.

San Antonio, the 9th most popular destination in April and May, has also seen a big increase in relocating homebuyers. As San Antonio’s popularity with out-of-towners picks up, Austin’s is declining. Austin was the nation’s most popular pandemic-fueled migration destination in early 2021, but no longer ranks on Redfin's list of top migration destinations.

Top 10 Metros by Net Inflow of Users and Their Top Origins

Rank

Metro*

Net Inflow,
April & May
2022

Net Inflow,
April & May
2021

Portion of
Searches
from Users
Outside the
Metro,
April &
May 2022

Portion of
Searches
from Users
Outside the
Metro, April
& May 2021

Top Origin

Top Out-of-
State Origin

1

Miami, FL

11,350

7,338

33.8%

32%

New York, NY

New York, NY

2

Tampa, FL

8,756

6,530

50.3%

59.8%

Orlando, FL

New York, NY

3

Phoenix, AZ

8,706

9,493

36.6%

38.5%

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

4

Sacramento, CA

8,362

7,656

42.6%

48.5%

San Francisco, CA

Seattle, WA

5

Las Vegas, NV

7,434

9,011

46.5%

53.4%

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

6

Cape Coral, FL

6,073

5,420

67.4%

77%

Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

7

North Port, FL

5,710

4,013

67.3%

79%

Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

8

San Diego, CA

5,200

2,673

31.5%

29.5%

Los Angeles, CA

Seattle, WA

9

San Antonio, TX

4,802

3,260

42.7%

46.7%

Austin, TX

Los Angeles, CA

10

Dallas, TX

4,518

7,211

25.1%

32.1%

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

*Combined statistical areas with at least 500 users in April & May 2022

†Negative values indicate a net outflow; among the two million users sampled for this analysis only

Homebuyers are moving away from San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York
San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York saw more homebuyers looking to leave than any other metro in April and May. Washington, D.C. and Seattle round out the top five. That’s based on net outflow, a measure of how many more Redfin.com users looked to leave an area than move in.

It’s worth noting that fewer homebuyers are leaving New York than a year ago. New York had a net outflow of about 30,000 in April and May, down from more than 45,000 a year earlier. Migration out of New York is slowing as some workers return to the offices, cultural events ramp back up and housing prices soar in the suburbs.

Expensive coastal job centers perennially top the list of metros homebuyers are leaving. As discussed above, that trend has picked up during the pandemic as remote work has become more popular and people are able to move to more affordable parts of the country.

Top 10 Metros by Net Outflow of Users and Their Top Destinations

Rank

Metro*

Net
Outflow,
April &
May 2022

Net
Outflow,
April &
May 2021

Portion of
Local Users
Searching
Elsewhere,
April & May
2022

Portion of
Local Users
Searching
Elsewhere,
April & May
2021

Top
Destination

Top Out-of-
State
Destination

1

San Francisco, CA

41,474

32,308

22.9%

23%

Sacramento, CA

Seattle, WA

2

Los Angeles, CA

33,571

25,857

19.1%

19%

San Diego, CA

Las Vegas, NV

3

New York, NY

30,076

45,971

28.2%

36.5%

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, PA

4

Washington, DC

20,808

14,952

16.7%

15%

Salisbury, MD

Salisbury, MD

5

Seattle, WA

17,851

5,838

17.9%

15.5%

Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, AZ

6

Boston, MA

10,581

3,288

17.9%

14.9%

Portland, ME

Portland, ME

7

Detroit, MI

5,947

2,235

33.8%

26.7%

Cleveland, OH

Cleveland, OH

8

Chicago, IL

5,166

6,264

13.8%

13.3%

Cape Coral, FL

Cape Coral, FL

9

Denver, CO

4,770

8,616

29.2%

31.8%

Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

10

Portland, OR

2,359

-1,066

18%

17.2%

Seattle, WA

Seattle, WA

*Combined statistical areas with at least 500 users in April & May 2022

†Among the two million users sampled for this analysis only

To read the full report, including charts and methodology, click here.

About Author: Demetria Lester

Demetria C. Lester is a reporter for DS News and MReport, with more than six years of writing experience. She has served as Editor-in-Chief at Northlake College and staff writer at her alma mater, the University of Texas at Arlington. She has covered events such as the Byron Nelson, Pac-12 Conferences, the Women in Dallas Film Festival, to freelance work with the Dallas Wings and D Magazine. Currently located in Dallas, Texas, she is an avid jazz lover and reader. She can be reached at [email protected]
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