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Atlanta remains a top moving destination in U.S.

by Alsha Khan

Last year redefined how we look at the concept of home. Harsh winters, job availability, high costs of living and the switch to remote work drove cross-country migration. Many Americans found themselves ditching their homes in the Northeast and Midwest for warmer and more affordable locations in the Southeast and Southwest.

Atlanta was once again named a top moving destination by Penske Truck Rental in its 11th annual Top Moving Destinations list, which is released every May to mark National Moving Month. The company used one-way inbound truck rental data to rank Atlanta as the fifth top destination for Americans, down from No. 2 last year.

This marks Atlanta’s 11th consecutive appearance on the list and comes as Georgia’s population has increased 10.6% since 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Atlanta had been ranking first since the list’s inception until 2019, when it was pushed from its top position for the first time, by Phoenix.

The full list of destinations is here (Numbers in parentheses indicate the most recent rank for each city):

1.Las Vegas (Did not rank in 2019)
2.Phoenix (1)
3.Denver (4)
4.Austin (10)
5.Atlanta (2)
6.Houston (7)
7.Orlando (5)
8.Dallas (Did not rank in 2019)
9.San Antonio (Did not rank in 2019)
10.Tampa (3)

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