Have you noticed those moving trucks keeping Seattle supplied with a fresh wave of new residents? Welcome to the boomtown.
According to United Van Lines, Seattle was among the top cities with an influx of newcomers. Along with Portland, Ore.; San Jose, Calif.; and San Francisco, Seattle helped make the Pacific Northwest and Northern California two of the most popular moving destinations.
The country’s largest moving van company just released its 2013 Post-Peak Season Moving Trends Summary and found that this past summer was the busiest moving season since the 2008 recession. The summary also stated that more people were moving into Seattle and Portland than were moving out.
The findings were in line with U.S. Census Bureau data that found Seattle had the 14th largest population jump between 2011 and 2012 – adding 12,638 people to bring the city’s population total to 634,535. A large part of that boom has been on the heels of apartment and condo construction that has increased the city’s density.
According to economist and professor Michael A. Stoll, chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California in Los Angeles, the continued growth 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,’’ Stoll said.
United reports that residential moves for the summer of 2013 were up 8.5 percent year-over-year during the industry's busiest months, May through August. The top places for incoming moves were: Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; Houston; Chicago; Seattle; Dallas; Portland, Ore.; Phoenix; Denver; Los Angeles; San Jose; Charlotte, N.C.; Minneapolis; Boston and San Diego.
United found that besides the Pacific Northwest and Northern California, the southeast region as well, including Charlotte, Tampa, Raleigh and Atlanta, also experienced influx of new residents. Chicago, New York and St. Louis were the top three U.S. cities when it comes to losing residents.