Sacramento, Jacksonville Among Markets That Attract The Most Potential Newcomers

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September 09, 2016
Sacramento, Jacksonville Among Markets That Attract The Most Potential Newcomers

Houses in Sacramento. Photo: Brian242/Wikimedia Commons.

Using page view data on for-sale and unlisted homes in June 2016, Zillow found the markets with the most interest from outsiders — and the markets with the highest rates of people looking to move elsewhere.

Several California metros are on the list of the markets with the most external views per home listing, along with other hotbeds (Denver, Seattle, and Portland, Ore.), and Jacksonville, Fla.

Zillow also found the markets that have the most home page views for other areas. San Antonio is atop the list, with 54 percent of homes viewed on Zillow from within its boundaries directed at homes in other cities. The rate is driven by a large military population — people who may consider moving back to their home towns. San Diego, San Francisco, and Austin, Texas, are on both lists.

The promise of success in hot job markets does attract people to places like San Francisco, but affordability may be a barrier to staying there long term. Booming Portland and Seattle markets are both highly desirable among outsiders and places where current residents don’t seem to want to leave. Finally, many residents living in New Orleans, Miami and Detroit are looking at homes in other places for a variety of potential reasons ranging from urban decline (Detroit) to affordability concerns (Miami) and the potential impacts of climate change (New Orleans).

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