Where people in Des Moines are moving to most

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July 18, 2022
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Where people in Des Moines are moving to most

Stacker compiled a list of where people in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA Metro Area are moving to the most using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Metros are ranked by the estimated number of people who moved to the metro from Des Moines between 2015 and 2019. Ties were broken by gross migration.

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#50. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area

- Migration to Charlotte in 2015-2019: 69
- Migration from Charlotte to Des Moines: 0
- Net migration: 69 to Charlotte
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#49. Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area

- Migration to Lexington in 2015-2019: 70
- Migration from Lexington to Des Moines: 0
- Net migration: 70 to Lexington
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#48. Albuquerque, NM Metro Area

- Migration to Albuquerque in 2015-2019: 71
- Migration from Albuquerque to Des Moines: 52 (#101 most common destination from Albuquerque)
- Net migration: 19 to Albuquerque
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#47. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area

- Migration to Washington in 2015-2019: 73
- Migration from Washington to Des Moines: 540 (#80 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 467 to Des Moines
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#46. Salt Lake City, UT Metro Area

- Migration to Salt Lake City in 2015-2019: 76
- Migration from Salt Lake City to Des Moines: 0
- Net migration: 76 to Salt Lake City

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#45. Wichita, KS Metro Area

- Migration to Wichita in 2015-2019: 77
- Migration from Wichita to Des Moines: 260 (#15 most common destination from Wichita)
- Net migration: 183 to Des Moines
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#44. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL Metro Area

- Migration to Cape Coral in 2015-2019: 82
- Migration from Cape Coral to Des Moines: 73 (#62 most common destination from Cape Coral)
- Net migration: 9 to Cape Coral
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#43. Lincoln, NE Metro Area

- Migration to Lincoln in 2015-2019: 84
- Migration from Lincoln to Des Moines: 60 (#29 most common destination from Lincoln)
- Net migration: 24 to Lincoln
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#42. Greenville-Anderson, SC Metro Area

- Migration to Greenville in 2015-2019: 85
- Migration from Greenville to Des Moines: 203 (#27 most common destination from Greenville)
- Net migration: 118 to Des Moines
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#41. Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area

- Migration to Raleigh in 2015-2019: 87
- Migration from Raleigh to Des Moines: 0
- Net migration: 87 to Raleigh

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#40. Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN Metro Area

- Migration to Louisville/Jefferson County in 2015-2019: 90
- Migration from Louisville/Jefferson County to Des Moines: 106 (#67 most common destination from Louisville/Jefferson County)
- Net migration: 16 to Des Moines
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#39. Midland, TX Metro Area

- Migration to Midland in 2015-2019: 93
- Migration from Midland to Des Moines: 0
- Net migration: 93 to Midland
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#38. Urban Honolulu, HI Metro Area

- Migration to Urban Honolulu in 2015-2019: 97
- Migration from Urban Honolulu to Des Moines: 80 (#107 most common destination from Urban Honolulu)
- Net migration: 17 to Urban Honolulu
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#37. Athens-Clarke County, GA Metro Area

- Migration to Athens in 2015-2019: 98
- Migration from Athens to Des Moines: 0
- Net migration: 98 to Athens
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#36. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX Metro Area

- Migration to San Antonio in 2015-2019: 106
- Migration from San Antonio to Des Moines: 114 (#110 most common destination from San Antonio)
- Net migration: 8 to Des Moines

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#35. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Los Angeles in 2015-2019: 109
- Migration from Los Angeles to Des Moines: 172 (#165 most common destination from Los Angeles)
- Net migration: 63 to Des Moines
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#34. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metro Area

- Migration to Virginia Beach in 2015-2019: 113
- Migration from Virginia Beach to Des Moines: 0
- Net migration: 113 to Virginia Beach
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#33. Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI Metro Area

- Migration to Milwaukee in 2015-2019: 113
- Migration from Milwaukee to Des Moines: 249 (#40 most common destination from Milwaukee)
- Net migration: 136 to Des Moines
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#32. Stockton, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Stockton in 2015-2019: 118
- Migration from Stockton to Des Moines: 20 (#103 most common destination from Stockton)
- Net migration: 98 to Stockton
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#31. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metro Area

- Migration to San Jose in 2015-2019: 123
- Migration from San Jose to Des Moines: 2 (#217 most common destination from San Jose)
- Net migration: 121 to San Jose

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#30. Madison, WI Metro Area

- Migration to Madison in 2015-2019: 127
- Migration from Madison to Des Moines: 86 (#62 most common destination from Madison)
- Net migration: 41 to Madison
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#29. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX Metro Area

- Migration to McAllen in 2015-2019: 128
- Migration from McAllen to Des Moines: 27 (#71 most common destination from McAllen)
- Net migration: 101 to McAllen
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#28. Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC Metro Area

- Migration to Augusta in 2015-2019: 134
- Migration from Augusta to Des Moines: 0
- Net migration: 134 to Augusta
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#27. Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area

- Migration to Nashville in 2015-2019: 138
- Migration from Nashville to Des Moines: 22 (#209 most common destination from Nashville)
- Net migration: 116 to Nashville
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#26. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area

- Migration to Detroit in 2015-2019: 138
- Migration from Detroit to Des Moines: 105 (#117 most common destination from Detroit)
- Net migration: 33 to Detroit

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#25. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN Metro Area

- Migration to Indianapolis in 2015-2019: 139
- Migration from Indianapolis to Des Moines: 15 (#223 most common destination from Indianapolis)
- Net migration: 124 to Indianapolis
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#24. Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area

- Migration to Portland in 2015-2019: 141
- Migration from Portland to Des Moines: 22 (#105 most common destination from Portland)
- Net migration: 119 to Portland
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#23. Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX Metro Area

- Migration to Austin in 2015-2019: 148
- Migration from Austin to Des Moines: 10 (#248 most common destination from Austin)
- Net migration: 138 to Austin
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#22. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area

- Migration to Tampa in 2015-2019: 163
- Migration from Tampa to Des Moines: 192 (#98 most common destination from Tampa)
- Net migration: 29 to Des Moines
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#21. Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Metro Area

- Migration to Buffalo in 2015-2019: 168
- Migration from Buffalo to Des Moines: 0
- Net migration: 168 to Buffalo

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#20. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL Metro Area

- Migration to North Port in 2015-2019: 170
- Migration from North Port to Des Moines: 38 (#113 most common destination from North Port)
- Net migration: 132 to North Port
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#19. New Orleans-Metairie, LA Metro Area

- Migration to New Orleans in 2015-2019: 181
- Migration from New Orleans to Des Moines: 31 (#131 most common destination from New Orleans)
- Net migration: 150 to New Orleans
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#18. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metro Area

- Migration to Houston in 2015-2019: 191
- Migration from Houston to Des Moines: 104 (#166 most common destination from Houston)
- Net migration: 87 to Houston
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#17. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metro Area

- Migration to Orlando in 2015-2019: 205
- Migration from Orlando to Des Moines: 7 (#278 most common destination from Orlando)
- Net migration: 198 to Orlando
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#16. Sioux City, IA-NE-SD Metro Area

- Migration to Sioux City in 2015-2019: 217
- Migration from Sioux City to Des Moines: 385 (#4 most common destination from Sioux City)
- Net migration: 168 to Des Moines

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#15. Dubuque, IA Metro Area

- Migration to Dubuque in 2015-2019: 220
- Migration from Dubuque to Des Moines: 295 (#2 most common destination from Dubuque)
- Net migration: 75 to Des Moines
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#14. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metro Area

- Migration to Denver in 2015-2019: 328
- Migration from Denver to Des Moines: 891 (#25 most common destination from Denver)
- Net migration: 563 to Des Moines
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#13. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area

- Migration to Atlanta in 2015-2019: 418
- Migration from Atlanta to Des Moines: 398 (#95 most common destination from Atlanta)
- Net migration: 20 to Atlanta
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#12. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metro Area

- Migration to Dallas in 2015-2019: 428
- Migration from Dallas to Des Moines: 441 (#71 most common destination from Dallas)
- Net migration: 13 to Des Moines
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#11. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metro Area

- Migration to Minneapolis in 2015-2019: 477
- Migration from Minneapolis to Des Moines: 927 (#21 most common destination from Minneapolis)
- Net migration: 450 to Des Moines

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#10. St. Louis, MO-IL Metro Area

- Migration to St. Louis in 2015-2019: 490
- Migration from St. Louis to Des Moines: 376 (#48 most common destination from St. Louis)
- Net migration: 114 to St. Louis
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#9. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL Metro Area

- Migration to Davenport in 2015-2019: 506
- Migration from Davenport to Des Moines: 843 (#2 most common destination from Davenport)
- Net migration: 337 to Des Moines
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#8. Cedar Rapids, IA Metro Area

- Migration to Cedar Rapids in 2015-2019: 568
- Migration from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines: 1,104 (#2 most common destination from Cedar Rapids)
- Net migration: 536 to Des Moines
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#7. Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area

- Migration to Kansas City in 2015-2019: 616
- Migration from Kansas City to Des Moines: 454 (#33 most common destination from Kansas City)
- Net migration: 162 to Kansas City
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#6. Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ Metro Area

- Migration to Phoenix in 2015-2019: 727
- Migration from Phoenix to Des Moines: 327 (#71 most common destination from Phoenix)
- Net migration: 400 to Phoenix

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#5. Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA Metro Area

- Migration to Waterloo in 2015-2019: 841
- Migration from Waterloo to Des Moines: 1,911 (#1 most common destination from Waterloo)
- Net migration: 1,070 to Des Moines
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#4. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago in 2015-2019: 876
- Migration from Chicago to Des Moines: 689 (#82 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 187 to Chicago
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#3. Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metro Area

- Migration to Omaha in 2015-2019: 966
- Migration from Omaha to Des Moines: 1,007 (#3 most common destination from Omaha)
- Net migration: 41 to Des Moines
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#2. Iowa City, IA Metro Area

- Migration to Iowa City in 2015-2019: 1,509
- Migration from Iowa City to Des Moines: 1,181 (#2 most common destination from Iowa City)
- Net migration: 328 to Iowa City
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#1. Ames, IA Metro Area

- Migration to Ames in 2015-2019: 2,781
- Migration from Ames to Des Moines: 3,565 (#1 most common destination from Ames)
- Net migration: 784 to Des Moines

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