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The 20 US cities where everyone’s moving to — and they’re nearly all in Florida

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Since the start of the decade, a huge number of Americans have been moving to big cities in the South.

Using data from the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates program, we found the US metropolitan areas with the highest net migration between 2010 and 2018, adjusted by the size of the 2010 metro area population. Net migration measures the number of people who moved into the metro area from some other part of the US or another country, minus the number of people who left the metro area over that period.

Reinforcing a theme we’ve seen in other measures, Americans are flocking to the South. An overwhelming majority of the top 20 metro areas for migration are in the south, with over half in Florida alone.

Here are the 20 metro areas with the highest net migration between 2010 and 2018 as a share of 2010 population:

5. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, had net migration of 140,889 between 2010 and 2018 — 20.1% of the metro’s 2010 population of 702,281.

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