People are moving to Texas and Florida more than any other state. In the one year period from July 2019 to July 2020 Texas recorded an estimated 373,000+ new residents. Florida was second with an estimated 241,000+ new residents. These numbers included both migration trends and new births within each state. All data was provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Idaho can take credit for an interesting statistical fact. It was the state that had the highest growth in proportion to population during the time period mentioned above. Some have suggested this growth in Idaho was largely fueled by California residents leaving the country’s most populated state for a more economical standard of living in Idaho.
Those who are studying these population shifts have seen an accelerating population decline in New York and New Jersey. This may be due in large part to the rising housing costs in both states and Florida is often the destination of these people.
It is also thought that California is losing population because of the high cost of housing in urban areas. California had a net loss of population during the time period studied. It was the first population loss for California in decades.
Many think that the housing market’s high cost is destroying the housing prospects of middle and lower income people in California. And they are warning that south Florida may be facing the same fate as California’s urban areas in the next decade.
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Some analysts have stated that these trends may have been influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic. People who have lost their jobs don’t have money for rent or mortgage payments.
South Florida is reported to have multiple destinations for new residents. Tampa is currently the number one relocation destination in the United States. The Miami/Fort Lauderdale area is ranked at number four and Orlando is ranked at number five. The other cities that complete the top five relocation destinations are Phoenix (#2) and New York City (#3).