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Florida Continues to Boom: 5 Metros Top List of Hottest Places to Move

In today’s dynamic real estate market, staying informed about trends and shifts is crucial. The third quarter of 2023 has brought us some fascinating insights into homebuyers’ relocation preferences. According to Redfin data, approximately 25.9% of homebuyers explored the possibility of moving to a different part of the country during this period. While this figure remains steady compared to the record high of 26% in August, it is an increase from 24% a year ago and 19% before the pandemic. These statistics are based on more than two million home searches conducted on Redfin’s website. They span over 100 U.S. metro areas from July to September 2023.

In this blog, we will delve into the latest trends and explore why Florida’s metropolitan areas continue to be at the forefront of the relocation map.

Florida’s Appeal Endures

Florida has long been a magnet for those seeking a change of scenery and a fresh start. The Sunshine State’s metropolitan areas consistently rank high as sought-after destinations for new residents. In the third quarter of 2023, five of Florida’s metros secured their places in the top 10 go-to metropolitan areas for homebuyers looking to move out of their current state. This statistic highlights Florida’s enduring appeal as a relocation hotspot.

Despite the initial surge in demand brought on by the pandemic and the widespread adoption of remote work, Florida continues to attract new residents. This stands in contrast to some areas that were once considered pandemic hotspots but have seen a decrease in demand. For example, Austin, Texas, the top move-to metro in the nation at the beginning of 2021, has now experienced more residents planning to move out than in.

The Top 10 U.S. Go-To Metropolitan Areas in 3Q 2023

As we continue to explore relocation preferences trends, let us look at the top 10 metropolitan areas that have attracted the most newcomers in the third quarter of 2023:

  1. Sacramento, Calif.
    • New residents: 4,800
    • Top Out-of-State Origin: Chicago
  2. Las Vegas
    • New residents: 4,500
    • Top Out-of-State Origin: Los Angeles
  3. Orlando
    • New residents: 4,000
    • Top Out-of-State Origin: New York City
  4. Myrtle Beach, S.C.
    • New residents: 3,800
    • Top Out-of-State Origin: Washington, D.C.
  5. North Port-Sarasota
    • New residents: 3,700
    • Top Out-of-State Origin: New York City
  6. Portland, Maine
    • New residents: 3,500
    • Top Out-of-State Origin: Boston
  7. Tampa
    • New residents: 3,400
    • Top Out-of-State Origin: New York City
  8. Cape Coral
    • New residents: 3,300
    • Top Out-of-State Origin: Chicago
  9. Miami
    • New residents: 3,200
    • Top Out-of-State Origin: New York City
  10. Salisbury, Maryland
    • New residents: 3,100
    • Top Out-of-State Origin: Washington, D.C.

These metropolitan areas encompass a wide range of geographical regions and lifestyle options. However, what they all have in common is their appeal to those seeking a change of scenery and a fresh start.

The Affordability Factor

One common thread among these popular destinations is affordability. For many prospective homebuyers, an affordable cost of living is a driving force behind their relocation decision. The higher costs associated with living in cities like Austin have prompted individuals to seek out more cost-effective options, often in cities and states with a more favorable economic landscape.

In conclusion, the latest data paint a vivid picture of the ever-shifting landscape of relocation preferences in the United States. As the real estate market evolves, understanding these trends is essential for both prospective homebuyers and industry professionals. It is the balance between affordability and desirability that will shape relocation’s future in our ever-changing world.


Kathie McDaniel


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