The Next Move for American Renters

June 17, 2019
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Curbed reports that a new report found the U.S. cities that renters want to relocate to, and the ones they are trying to leave behind.

The Motor City isn’t showing up as a magnet for searchers from other metropolitan areas, in spite of the long-troubled city’s recent narrative of rebirth, but Detroit takes the second spot on the list of big cities where apartment hunters are searching for new digs outside the metro area. (Number one is Orlando, but that may reflect the essential transient nature of the theme-park mecca, which also makes the top ten list of cities attracting outsiders.)

In Detroit, apartment hunters are looking at Cleveland and Cincinnati in almost equal shares, with the Ohio cities taking 8.5 percent of searches apiece. Grand Rapids takes third place, with 6.8 of would-be movers considering settling there.

In general, though, Midwestern cities aren’t the biggest draws for renters coming from other parts of the country. In Apartment List, the largest share of people looking to leave their city are looking at Tampa, Florida, where nearly 63 percent of searches come from outside the metro area. “Many of these searches are coming from the nearby Orlando and Miami metros, but Tampa is drawing in renters from outside of Florida as well—the New York City metro is the third largest source of inbound searches to Tampa,” an accompanying report states.

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