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The 2021 Allied x Zillow Magnet States Report

The Allied x Zillow 2021 Magnet States Report shows that consumers continue to flock to Florida, while people moving for work are going to Texas. The Magnet States Report analyzes moves by thousands of Allied customers and Zillow Home Value Index data from January 1, 2021 – December 15, 2021. Historical trends date back to January 1, 2016.

National Movers Study

  • Total Inbound:

  • Total Outbound:


Top Inbound States in 2021

South Carolina
North Carolina

Top Outbound States in 2021

New Jersey

Key Takeaways from the 2021 Allied x Zillow Magnet States Report

Moving Trends

  •  For the last 5 years Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Arizona has been in the top 10 inbound states while California, Illinois, Michigan, and Pennsylvania have been in the top 10 outbound states. See where Californians are moving to.
  • The Phoenix metro area topped the rankings for the most net inbound moves in 2021, pulling in movers especially from Chicago, Seattle and Portland, OR.
  •  Chicago tops the list of metro areas that originated the most net outbound moves, sending the most movers south and west to Phoenix, Los Angeles and Houston.
  •  The top destination cities for people who moved for work in 2021 were Houston, Dallas and Chicago.
  •  The top cities that people moved to for reasons other than work in 2021 were Phoenix, Dallas and Washington, DC.
  •  The most popular day to move was Friday, and the most popular season was summer (June and July).

Top Inbound Cities in 2021

Phoenix, AZ
Houston, TX
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Washington, DC

Top Outbound Cities in 2021

Chicago, IL
Washington, DC
Houston, TX
Seattle, WA
Los Angeles, CA

Housing Trends

  •  The average long distance mover in 2021 moved to a ZIP code where homes were about $35,800 cheaper than where they came from, amplifying a trend that first broke out in 2020, when movers began migrating from pricier to much more affordable locales.
  •  The comparable average ZIP-level price decline in 2020 was about $29,500. Before the pandemic, people tended to move to ZIP codes with very similar average prices: the average ZIP-level price change was only a decrease of less than $7,500 in each year from 2016 to 2019.
  •  The larger affordability gradient this year was driven by a remarkable rise in the average home value of people’s origin ZIP codes: it rose by 14.0%, to reach $480,736. But, reflecting the year’s hot housing market, the average value of homes in ZIP codes where interstate movers ended up in 2021 also rose substantially; by 13.5%, to $444,932.
  •  The top destinations for net inbound moves in 2021 are mid-priced growing Sunbelt metro areas, while the top origins for net outbound moves are in places that are colder, pricier, or both.
  •  Some of 2020’s top destinations have lost their affordability edge, and now they’re attracting fewer movers.
  •  This year, people moving into the Phoenix metro area are moving from ZIP codes with an average home value of $528,712, and moving into ones in the Phoenix area where homes are worth roughly the same: $526,993, on average, or only about $1,700 less. In the comparable data for 2020, people moving to Phoenix saw ZIP-level price savings averaging over $48,000.
  •  The diminished home price savings for people moving to Phoenix in 2021 reflects the likely effects of 2020’s demand surge, which drove up the cost of homes in those metro areas faster than in any other major metropolitan area, thereby potentially shrinking the pool of movers in 2021.

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Jacqueline Chen Valencia


Data was provided for all interstate moves that were loaded from January 1, 2016 to November 14, 2021. To maintain comparability with the time frame covered in 2021, only moves loaded by November 14 of each year were included. Home values were computed using the Zillow Home Value Index for the ZIP codes of origin and destination in the loading month for each move.