Remember those reports about how Portlanders are more likely to move to Seattle than vise versa?
It turns out there’s more to the story.
Portland is plenty popular, according to United Van Lines' annual tally of moving destinations.
Portland saw 42 percent more inbound moves than outbound during the peak summer moving season, placing it second in the nation for net migration.
Overall, Portland was the No. 7 most popular destination for movers and Seattle was No. 5.
St. Louis-based United credits the growing tech sector for the overall migration patterns, which show the Pacific Northwest and Northern California as the fastest-growing areas.
“The continued growing in the tech sector is drawing people to Northern California, but the high cost of living in Silicon Valley is causing tech companies and workers to migrate north to Seattle. Portland is also experiencing unprecedented growth attracting a range of millennials and retirees relocating for amenities such as public transit, green space, local arts and a vibrant urban culture,” said Michael Stoll, chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles.
United Van Lines said the summer 2013 moving season was one of the busiest since the recession, with an 85 percent increase compared to the prior year.
Washington, D.C., had the dubious distinction of being both the most popular city to move to and the most popular city to move from.
United studied domestic moves between May 1 and Aug. 31, when approximately 35 percent of all household moves take place. Its data included nearly 45,000 interstate moves managed by United itself.
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