10:14 am September 7, 2012, by David Markiewicz
A good place to come to.
A good place to leave, too.
In a study done for United Van Lines of moving trends this summer, Atlanta ranked third in the nation in the number of inbound moves.
Atlanta also came in No. 4 among cities in outbound moves.
United analyzed city-to-city migrations patterns between May 1 and Aug. 31. More than 30 percent of all domestic household goods moves take place in that time, said United, which itself managed nearly 45,000 interstate household moves.
The company said that the cities experiencing the most growth _ more people moving in than out _ were San Jose, Houston, Seattle, Dallas and Phoenix.
The cities with the most people moving out versus moving in were St. Louis, Chicago, New York and Boston.
“Big cities always have more people moving in and out because of their sheer size,” said Michael Stoll, an economist at UCLA, “but the recent moving trends indicate people and jobs are moving from frost belt to sun belt regions.”
The attraction, he said, is a mix of assets that includes lower housing costs and an emphasis on job sectors showing growth.
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