Top US City for Migration 2023: Asheville Leads



According to a national report from, more people are interested in moving to Asheville than leaving, with a 3.01 inflow-to-outflow ratio. Asheville’s population grew 13.4% between 2010 and 2020, reaching just under 94,000. The city’s housing market is strong, with homes hitting a record median sales price of $475,000 in the third quarter of 2023.

Asheville leads in US city inflow-outflow ratio in 2023

Despite high living costs, Asheville has become a hotspot for incoming movers, outnumbering those leaving, according to a national report by

In the online moving estimate aggregator’s recent moving trends report, Asheville has topped the charts with a 3.01 inflow-to-outflow ratio. Every 100 people leaving Asheville in 2023 are replaced by 301 newcomers, indicating a strong desire to move into the area. This report was compiled using US Census data and user data from moveBuddha.

Asheville’s population has grown by 13.4% between 2010 and 2020, taking the existing population close to 94,000, as per U.S. Census estimates.

Top cities in moveBuddha’s moving trends report

  1. Asheville (3.1 in-to-out ratio)
  2. Ocala, Fla. (2.94)
  3. Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2.87)
  4. Dillon, Colo. (2.46)
  5. Greenville, S.C. (2.28)
  6. Saint Augustine, Fla. (2.15)
  7. Wilmington (2.02)
  8. Franklin, Tenn. (2.0)
  9. Pensacola, Fla. (1.99)
  10. Kissimmee, Fla. (1.98)

Asheville has consistently been ranked among the top cities attracting newcomers. Earlier this year, national moving company Mayflower Transit ranked Asheville sixth in terms of incoming movers. Homebuyers from major metro areas such as Charlotte, Miami, and Austin have been searching Asheville most frequently for relocation.

Housing market challenges for Asheville locals

The housing market presents a significant challenge for locals looking to move. The Asheville area experienced a record median sales price of $475,000 for homes during the third quarter of 2023. As a result, many are seeking storage solutions as they hunt for housing.

Local mover Sean Lallouz of Asheville-based Dry Ridge Moving observes that the area has attracted more established and older people, making it harder for younger people to find work opportunities outside the service industry.

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