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For years, San Francisco has had the honor of one of our top moving destinations. People are still moving to San Francisco, but one of the weirdest side effects of the COVID-19 virus is that it’s turned the moving industry upside down.
We get why San Francisco has been one of the top moving destinations for so many years. San Francisco is home to the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most beautiful and iconic bridges in the United States if not the world. The city is sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. It’s also the tech capital of the world.
Then, along came COVID-19. Suddenly, living shoulder to shoulder with neighbors seemed less alluring. COVID added all sorts of new complications to roommate situations and people wanted space to spread out. Add to that the fact that many people are now working from home. As devastating as the virus has been, it’s given many workers a freedom to live wherever they want. They are fleeing San Francisco.
Top moving destinations in California
Whether your job requires you to show up at the office on occasion, or whether you simply love California, there are some hot moving destinations that offer a lower cost of living and room to grow. While more people are moving out of California than into it, two California cities made the nation’s top 25 moving destinations for people who move themselves. Sacramento and Redding are numbers 11 and 16, respectively. They’re still close enough to attend that monthly meeting in a San Francisco office.
We’re seeing several people moving to the further reaches of the Bay Area. Vallejo is one of the least expensive Bay Area cities and we’ve moved several people there in the last several months. People who want to live along the BART line are moving to cities like Richmond, where you can buy a house for the cost of a small San Francisco condo.
Top moving destinations in the United States
For many California workers, for the first time, remote work is now permanent. Others lost their jobs and need to find less expensive places to live. Not surprisingly, Californians are seeking out sunny destinations. Florida dominates the top 10 list, but so do states like Arizona and Texas. It’s not all about sunny warmth, though. Madison, Wisconsin is the 5th most popular moving destination and St. George, Utah is number nine.
Another list, one more likely to show moving company customers such as ours, also shows that people are seeking year around sun. Las Vegas is the second most popular moving destination and Reno is number 12. Denver, Colorado and Spokane, Washington at numbers four and five, are the only popular moving destinations that aren’t warm year around.
Top moving destination
The top moving destinations in the United States are a two-way tie between sunny, warm Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Fort Meyers, Florida. We concur. At Fairprice Movers, we move dozens of people to sunny Southern states. Of course, we also cover the entire Bay Area and the entire Continental United States.