Survey Says looks at various rankings and scorecards for judging geographic locations, while noting that these ratings are best viewed as a combination of clever interpretations and data.
buzzing: In terms of their online search habits, there is no exodus of California renters starting in 2022.
source: My trusty spreadsheet looked at migration statistics for the first quarter from ApartmentList.com.The site analyzed 1.7 million online apartment searches by state, including the percentage of users who wish to opt out and local search volume from elsewhere in the U.S.
Beginning in 2022, 15.9% of Californians will choose out-of-state when looking for a new rental location. This is the second-lowest share among states. Arizona is a favorite place for Golden State people to find apartments.
16.2% of California rental searches are from out of state. Again, this is the second-lowest share in the country. Those following the feud between California and Texas will giggle, with Lone Star state residents searching for California rentals the most outside of California.
So, the top spot for “outbound” relocations — where are those potential out-of-state exits?
71% of apartment seekers in the District of Columbia are looking outside the area. It was followed by Vermont (55%), Wyoming (52%), New Hampshire (50%) and West Virginia (49%).
Next, consider those “inbound” moves — the places with the most condo searches that may bring in more new neighbors.
The largest share of inbound searches is also DC, with 65% of searches coming from outside the region. Next are Alaska and Montana (53%), Wyoming (52%) and South Carolina (51%).
Six states — Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Texas, Utah and Washington — see more Californians viewing homes than residents of any other state.
Search is by no means guaranteed relocation.
Keep in mind that about two-thirds of online apartment searches are looking for an in-state move closer to home.
Also, some online looks are aspirational – people are just dreaming of new digs.
So you can think of this visual metric as a measure of popularity. Consider the ratio of my spreadsheet’s inbound searches (considering potential arrivals) to its outbound online research (considering possible departures).
This statistic shows that South Carolina is the top choice for renters.It leads the nation with 196% of out-of-state residents looking to move to Palmetto compared to those looking elsewhere in the U.S.
The next pop, through this math? Alaska was 190 percent, Arizona was 173 percent, Florida was 162 percent, and Kentucky was 138 percent.
Least popular? Michigan. Renters considering moving into the Wolverine State are only 52 percent of those who want to leave. Then came Illinois (58%), New York (61%), Georgia (71%) and Ohio (72%).
People are talking about rental affordability these days, but surprisingly, people seem to be looking for something stronger in the pricier market, according to U.S. Census Bureau cost data.
My spreadsheet broke down the states by popularity and found that the 17 most popular states had a median monthly rent of $1,097, while the 17 less popular states had a median monthly rent of $999.