Metros sending the most people to Washington, D.C.

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January 18, 2022
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Metros sending the most people to Washington, D.C.

Stacker compiled a list of metros that are sending the most people to Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Metros are ranked by the estimated number of people who moved to Washington from the metro between 2015 and 2019. Ties were broken by gross migration.

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#50. Salt Lake City, UT Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Salt Lake City in 2015-2019: 852 (#11 most common destination from Salt Lake City)
- Migration from Washington to Salt Lake City: 471 (#95 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 381 to Washington
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#49. Syracuse, NY Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Syracuse in 2015-2019: 886 (#5 most common destination from Syracuse)
- Migration from Washington to Syracuse: 560 (#76 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 326 to Washington
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#48. Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Cincinnati in 2015-2019: 896 (#12 most common destination from Cincinnati)
- Migration from Washington to Cincinnati: 1,168 (#46 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 272 to Cincinnati
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#47. Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Raleigh in 2015-2019: 904 (#13 most common destination from Raleigh)
- Migration from Washington to Raleigh: 2,703 (#27 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 1,799 to Raleigh
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#46. Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Cleveland in 2015-2019: 928 (#12 most common destination from Cleveland)
- Migration from Washington to Cleveland: 916 (#59 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 12 to Washington

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#45. Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Nashville in 2015-2019: 972 (#12 most common destination from Nashville)
- Migration from Washington to Nashville: 1,101 (#48 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 129 to Nashville
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#44. Fayetteville, NC Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Fayetteville in 2015-2019: 985 (#7 most common destination from Fayetteville)
- Migration from Washington to Fayetteville: 1,411 (#38 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 426 to Fayetteville
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#43. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Bridgeport in 2015-2019: 1,108 (#7 most common destination from Bridgeport)
- Migration from Washington to Bridgeport: 595 (#75 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 513 to Washington
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#42. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Minneapolis in 2015-2019: 1,109 (#19 most common destination from Minneapolis)
- Migration from Washington to Minneapolis: 1,305 (#42 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 196 to Minneapolis
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#41. Sacramento-Roseville-Folsom, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Sacramento in 2015-2019: 1,116 (#17 most common destination from Sacramento)
- Migration from Washington to Sacramento: 857 (#62 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 259 to Washington

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#40. Colorado Springs, CO Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Colorado Springs in 2015-2019: 1,118 (#6 most common destination from Colorado Springs)
- Migration from Washington to Colorado Springs: 968 (#55 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 150 to Washington
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#39. Jacksonville, NC Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Jacksonville in 2015-2019: 1,159 (#2 most common destination from Jacksonville)
- Migration from Washington to Jacksonville: 1,665 (#34 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 506 to Jacksonville
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#38. Charleston-North Charleston, SC Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Charleston in 2015-2019: 1,172 (#6 most common destination from Charleston)
- Migration from Washington to Charleston: 1,551 (#36 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 379 to Charleston
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#37. Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Durham in 2015-2019: 1,183 (#7 most common destination from Durham)
- Migration from Washington to Durham: 1,422 (#37 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 239 to Durham
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#36. Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Providence in 2015-2019: 1,194 (#4 most common destination from Providence)
- Migration from Washington to Providence: 748 (#69 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 446 to Washington

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#35. Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Austin in 2015-2019: 1,259 (#12 most common destination from Austin)
- Migration from Washington to Austin: 1,999 (#29 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 740 to Austin
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#34. Jacksonville, FL Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Jacksonville in 2015-2019: 1,294 (#10 most common destination from Jacksonville)
- Migration from Washington to Jacksonville: 1,682 (#33 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 388 to Jacksonville
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#33. Harrisonburg, VA Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Harrisonburg in 2015-2019: 1,313 (#1 most common destination from Harrisonburg)
- Migration from Washington to Harrisonburg: 3,272 (#21 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 1,959 to Harrisonburg
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#32. Columbus, OH Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Columbus in 2015-2019: 1,346 (#6 most common destination from Columbus)
- Migration from Washington to Columbus: 1,297 (#43 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 49 to Washington
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#31. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Orlando in 2015-2019: 1,424 (#15 most common destination from Orlando)
- Migration from Washington to Orlando: 3,318 (#20 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 1,894 to Orlando

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#30. Salisbury, MD-DE Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Salisbury in 2015-2019: 1,442 (#4 most common destination from Salisbury)
- Migration from Washington to Salisbury: 2,833 (#26 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 1,391 to Salisbury
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#29. St. Louis, MO-IL Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from St. Louis in 2015-2019: 1,539 (#9 most common destination from St. Louis)
- Migration from Washington to St. Louis: 1,008 (#52 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 531 to Washington
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#28. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Detroit in 2015-2019: 1,546 (#12 most common destination from Detroit)
- Migration from Washington to Detroit: 1,002 (#53 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 544 to Washington
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#27. Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Phoenix in 2015-2019: 1,549 (#21 most common destination from Phoenix)
- Migration from Washington to Phoenix: 1,980 (#30 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 431 to Phoenix
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#26. Winchester, VA-WV Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Winchester in 2015-2019: 1,610 (#1 most common destination from Winchester)
- Migration from Washington to Winchester: 3,614 (#14 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 2,004 to Winchester

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#25. Blacksburg-Christiansburg, VA Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Blacksburg in 2015-2019: 1,660 (#1 most common destination from Blacksburg)
- Migration from Washington to Blacksburg: 3,081 (#23 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 1,421 to Blacksburg
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#24. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from San Antonio in 2015-2019: 1,690 (#6 most common destination from San Antonio)
- Migration from Washington to San Antonio: 1,795 (#32 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 105 to San Antonio
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#23. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Charlotte in 2015-2019: 1,701 (#12 most common destination from Charlotte)
- Migration from Washington to Charlotte: 3,149 (#22 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 1,448 to Charlotte
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#22. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Denver in 2015-2019: 1,870 (#11 most common destination from Denver)
- Migration from Washington to Denver: 3,826 (#13 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 1,956 to Denver
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#21. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Seattle in 2015-2019: 1,910 (#15 most common destination from Seattle)
- Migration from Washington to Seattle: 2,958 (#24 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 1,048 to Seattle

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#20. California-Lexington Park, MD Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from California in 2015-2019: 2,068 (#1 most common destination from California)
- Migration from Washington to California: 3,360 (#19 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 1,292 to California
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#19. Urban Honolulu, HI Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Urban Honolulu in 2015-2019: 2,122 (#3 most common destination from Urban Honolulu)
- Migration from Washington to Urban Honolulu: 1,937 (#31 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 185 to Washington
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#18. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Houston in 2015-2019: 2,199 (#14 most common destination from Houston)
- Migration from Washington to Houston: 4,357 (#9 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 2,158 to Houston
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#17. Pittsburgh, PA Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Pittsburgh in 2015-2019: 2,233 (#3 most common destination from Pittsburgh)
- Migration from Washington to Pittsburgh: 2,527 (#28 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 294 to Pittsburgh
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#16. Charlottesville, VA Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Charlottesville in 2015-2019: 2,288 (#1 most common destination from Charlottesville)
- Migration from Washington to Charlottesville: 4,114 (#11 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 1,826 to Charlottesville

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#15. San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from San Francisco in 2015-2019: 2,368 (#21 most common destination from San Francisco)
- Migration from Washington to San Francisco: 3,444 (#18 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 1,076 to San Francisco
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#14. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Tampa in 2015-2019: 2,410 (#10 most common destination from Tampa)
- Migration from Washington to Tampa: 2,834 (#25 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 424 to Tampa
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#13. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Dallas in 2015-2019: 2,749 (#15 most common destination from Dallas)
- Migration from Washington to Dallas: 3,592 (#15 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 843 to Dallas
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#12. Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Hagerstown in 2015-2019: 3,125 (#1 most common destination from Hagerstown)
- Migration from Washington to Hagerstown: 5,323 (#6 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 2,198 to Hagerstown
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#11. San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from San Diego in 2015-2019: 3,464 (#5 most common destination from San Diego)
- Migration from Washington to San Diego: 3,936 (#12 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 472 to San Diego

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#10. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Miami in 2015-2019: 3,895 (#10 most common destination from Miami)
- Migration from Washington to Miami: 3,470 (#17 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 425 to Washington
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#9. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Atlanta in 2015-2019: 4,153 (#4 most common destination from Atlanta)
- Migration from Washington to Atlanta: 4,116 (#10 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 37 to Washington
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#8. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Chicago in 2015-2019: 4,159 (#15 most common destination from Chicago)
- Migration from Washington to Chicago: 3,489 (#16 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 670 to Washington
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#7. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Los Angeles in 2015-2019: 4,514 (#17 most common destination from Los Angeles)
- Migration from Washington to Los Angeles: 5,093 (#7 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 579 to Los Angeles
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#6. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Boston in 2015-2019: 4,690 (#7 most common destination from Boston)
- Migration from Washington to Boston: 4,565 (#8 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 125 to Washington

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#5. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Philadelphia in 2015-2019: 6,666 (#2 most common destination from Philadelphia)
- Migration from Washington to Philadelphia: 6,361 (#5 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 305 to Washington
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#4. Richmond, VA Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Richmond in 2015-2019: 8,135 (#1 most common destination from Richmond)
- Migration from Washington to Richmond: 9,690 (#4 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 1,555 to Richmond
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#3. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Virginia Beach in 2015-2019: 9,549 (#1 most common destination from Virginia Beach)
- Migration from Washington to Virginia Beach: 11,496 (#2 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 1,947 to Virginia Beach
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#2. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from New York in 2015-2019: 16,155 (#3 most common destination from New York)
- Migration from Washington to New York: 10,362 (#3 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 5,793 to Washington
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#1. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Metro Area

- Migration to Washington from Baltimore in 2015-2019: 26,456 (#1 most common destination from Baltimore)
- Migration from Washington to Baltimore: 29,269 (#1 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 2,813 to Baltimore

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