4 of the most popular cities Americans moved to the south in 2021

4 of the most popular cities Americans moved to the south in 2021

Americans are looking for some Southern comfort.

The country's mover rate has been steadily declining since 2017, but those who are still packing things up are heading south and west.

Four of the top 10 most popular cities Americans moved to last year were located in Texas, according to Truck rental giant Penske's annual Top Moving Destinations report released this week, with Houston taking the top spot. Other Lone Star State cities San Antonio, Dallas and Austin also made the list, as did Charlotte, N.C. and Orlando, Fla.

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The year before, 1 took second place on the 2021 list, while Phoenix No. 10 rounded out the top 10.

Here are Penske's Top 10 moving destinations for 2021 :

Penske has compiled its relocation list since 2010, analyzing its one-way consumer truck rental reservations made through its website, call center and retail locations in combination with U.S. Census data to determine the most popular places where Americans are moving.

Almost every city on the list also ranked in the top 10 on the 2020 list. But this was the first time that Charlotte made the list since 2018, and Chicago hasn't cracked Penske's top 10 since 2015. Atlanta, which has been in the rankings since Penske's inaugural 2010 list, dropped for the first time. The report suggests that movers are giving Atlanta some breathing room after years of flocking to Georgia's capital.

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The data comes amid rising rent costs across the United States. The cost of shelter went up 5.1% over the past year, making it the biggest increase in 40 years - shelter costs account for a third or more of a typical household budget.

The Penske report suggested that the COVID 19 epidemic and the rise in remote work opportunities, which allowed many people to live farther from their workplace, could be one of the reasons Americans relocated last year. The mild winters of the Sun Belt were another draw.

The trend toward Texas predates the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Texas Relocation Report, the seventh year in a row, Texas had a 500,000 plus inflow of residents in the year 2021, which was the seventh year in a row. Over the last decade, more than 687,000 Californians have moved to Texas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau data.

In a report on why Americans were flocking to Texas in 2019, MarketWatch highlighted the factors like affordability, jobs, natural beauty and warm weather, as well as the lull that the internet went through.

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There is a reason that fewer Americans are moving in the U.S. The number of people who lived in a different residence in 2021 is just 8.4%, compared to the year before, and this decline in the rate of people moving also predates the pandemic.