DC is the Place to Be!

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‘Life in a Moving Van’
courtesy of ‘harryalverson’

The Washington Business Journal reports that Washington DC (when compared to states) has been the most popular migration destination during the first half of this year, according to United Van Lines migration study.  We’re leading all the states, with 63.6% of all moves going in to the District, with only 36.4% leaving the District.  Michigan is on the opposite side of the spectrum, with 70% of moves leaving the state.  Maryland and Virginia are both just about breaking even, with approximately as many moves in as out.

To what do we owe this surge in popularity?  Well, I originally thought it was due to people wanting to work for our hot new neighbor,  but it turns out that DC was also the most popular migration destination last year too, before Obama moved in.  So what do you think it is?

Shannon grew up in the greater DC area/Maryland suburbs, went to Virginia for college and grad school (go Hoos!), and settled in DC in 2006. She’s an urban planner who loves transit (why yes, that is her dressed as a Metro pylon for Halloween), cities, and all things DC. Email her at Shannon (at) WeLoveDC.com!

2 thoughts on “DC is the Place to Be!

  1. I wonder if it has more to do with United Van Lines than DC. For example, if United isn’t a prominent local affiliate for long-distance moves, it would make sense that there would be more people moving in with United than moving out.

  2. I know the main reason my friends and I moved here when we graduated in ’08 was because we knew that gov’t was a recession-proof industry. So despite the unemployment rate here, there are still lots of jobs to be had.