Where people in Washington, D.C. are moving to most

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December 20, 2021
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Where people in Washington, D.C. are moving to most

Stacker compiled a list of where people in Washington, D.C. 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 Washington between 2014 and 2018. Ties were broken by gross migration.

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#50. Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL Metro Area

- Migration to Pensacola in 2014-2018: 1,027
- Migration from Pensacola to Washington: 577 (#12 most common destination from Pensacola)
- Net migration: 450 to Pensacola

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

- Migration to St. Louis in 2014-2018: 1,052
- Migration from St. Louis to Washington: 1,450 (#8 most common destination from St. Louis)
- Net migration: 398 to Washington

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#48. Morgantown, WV Metro Area

- Migration to Morgantown in 2014-2018: 1,066
- Migration from Morgantown to Washington: 413 (#3 most common destination from Morgantown)
- Net migration: 653 to Morgantown

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#47. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metro Area

- Migration to Minneapolis in 2014-2018: 1,101
- Migration from Minneapolis to Washington: 1,343 (#15 most common destination from Minneapolis)
- Net migration: 242 to Washington

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#46. Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN Metro Area

- Migration to Cincinnati in 2014-2018: 1,152
- Migration from Cincinnati to Washington: 692 (#15 most common destination from Cincinnati)
- Net migration: 460 to Cincinnati

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

- Migration to Nashville in 2014-2018: 1,161
- Migration from Nashville to Washington: 830 (#11 most common destination from Nashville)
- Net migration: 331 to Nashville

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#44. Charleston-North Charleston, SC Metro Area

- Migration to Charleston in 2014-2018: 1,236
- Migration from Charleston to Washington: 1,203 (#6 most common destination from Charleston)
- Net migration: 33 to Charleston

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#43. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area

- Migration to Portland in 2014-2018: 1,246
- Migration from Portland to Washington: 397 (#41 most common destination from Portland)
- Net migration: 849 to Portland

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#42. Colorado Springs, CO Metro Area

- Migration to Colorado Springs in 2014-2018: 1,253
- Migration from Colorado Springs to Washington: 921 (#10 most common destination from Colorado Springs)
- Net migration: 332 to Colorado Springs

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

- Migration to North Port in 2014-2018: 1,264
- Migration from North Port to Washington: 189 (#30 most common destination from North Port)
- Net migration: 1,075 to North Port

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#40. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Riverside in 2014-2018: 1,367
- Migration from Riverside to Washington: 883 (#26 most common destination from Riverside)
- Net migration: 484 to Riverside

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#39. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metro Area

- Migration to San Jose in 2014-2018: 1,395
- Migration from San Jose to Washington: 648 (#27 most common destination from San Jose)
- Net migration: 747 to San Jose

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#38. Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Metro Area

- Migration to Durham in 2014-2018: 1,425
- Migration from Durham to Washington: 1,119 (#7 most common destination from Durham)
- Net migration: 306 to Durham

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#37. Roanoke, VA Metro Area

- Migration to Roanoke in 2014-2018: 1,457
- Migration from Roanoke to Washington: 616 (#5 most common destination from Roanoke)
- Net migration: 841 to Roanoke

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#36. Lynchburg, VA Metro Area

- Migration to Lynchburg in 2014-2018: 1,471
- Migration from Lynchburg to Washington: 559 (#4 most common destination from Lynchburg)
- Net migration: 912 to Lynchburg

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#35. Columbus, OH Metro Area

- Migration to Columbus in 2014-2018: 1,597
- Migration from Columbus to Washington: 1,178 (#9 most common destination from Columbus)
- Net migration: 419 to Columbus

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#34. Urban Honolulu, HI Metro Area

- Migration to Urban Honolulu in 2014-2018: 1,616
- Migration from Urban Honolulu to Washington: 2,311 (#2 most common destination from Urban Honolulu)
- Net migration: 695 to Washington

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#33. Jacksonville, FL Metro Area

- Migration to Jacksonville in 2014-2018: 1,664
- Migration from Jacksonville to Washington: 1,369 (#10 most common destination from Jacksonville)
- Net migration: 295 to Jacksonville

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#32. Austin-Round Rock, TX Metro Area

- Migration to Austin in 2014-2018: 1,853
- Migration from Austin to Washington: 959 (#15 most common destination from Austin)
- Net migration: 894 to Austin

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#31. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX Metro Area

- Migration to San Antonio in 2014-2018: 1,882
- Migration from San Antonio to Washington: 1,826 (#6 most common destination from San Antonio)
- Net migration: 56 to San Antonio

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#30. Jacksonville, NC Metro Area

- Migration to Jacksonville in 2014-2018: 1,891
- Migration from Jacksonville to Washington: 1,103 (#1 most common destination from Jacksonville)
- Net migration: 788 to Jacksonville

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#29. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ Metro Area

- Migration to Phoenix in 2014-2018: 2,126
- Migration from Phoenix to Washington: 1,639 (#20 most common destination from Phoenix)
- Net migration: 487 to Phoenix

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#28. Pittsburgh, PA Metro Area

- Migration to Pittsburgh in 2014-2018: 2,477
- Migration from Pittsburgh to Washington: 2,300 (#2 most common destination from Pittsburgh)
- Net migration: 177 to Pittsburgh

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#27. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area

- Migration to Tampa in 2014-2018: 2,609
- Migration from Tampa to Washington: 2,457 (#9 most common destination from Tampa)
- Net migration: 152 to Tampa

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#26. Raleigh, NC Metro Area

- Migration to Raleigh in 2014-2018: 2,685
- Migration from Raleigh to Washington: 1,146 (#11 most common destination from Raleigh)
- Net migration: 1,539 to Raleigh

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#25. Salisbury, MD-DE Metro Area

- Migration to Salisbury in 2014-2018: 2,695
- Migration from Salisbury to Washington: 1,289 (#4 most common destination from Salisbury)
- Net migration: 1,406 to Salisbury

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#24. Winchester, VA-WV Metro Area

- Migration to Winchester in 2014-2018: 2,723
- Migration from Winchester to Washington: 1,607 (#1 most common destination from Winchester)
- Net migration: 1,116 to Winchester

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#23. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metro Area

- Migration to Orlando in 2014-2018: 2,770
- Migration from Orlando to Washington: 1,613 (#15 most common destination from Orlando)
- Net migration: 1,157 to Orlando

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

- Migration to Charlotte in 2014-2018: 3,002
- Migration from Charlotte to Washington: 1,390 (#15 most common destination from Charlotte)
- Net migration: 1,612 to Charlotte

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#21. Harrisonburg, VA Metro Area

- Migration to Harrisonburg in 2014-2018: 3,014
- Migration from Harrisonburg to Washington: 1,233 (#1 most common destination from Harrisonburg)
- Net migration: 1,781 to Harrisonburg

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#20. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area

- Migration to Seattle in 2014-2018: 3,106
- Migration from Seattle to Washington: 1,973 (#12 most common destination from Seattle)
- Net migration: 1,133 to Seattle

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#19. California-Lexington Park, MD Metro Area

- Migration to California in 2014-2018: 3,381
- Migration from California to Washington: 2,130 (#1 most common destination from California)
- Net migration: 1,251 to California

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#18. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA Metro Area

- Migration to San Francisco in 2014-2018: 3,424
- Migration from San Francisco to Washington: 2,481 (#20 most common destination from San Francisco)
- Net migration: 943 to San Francisco

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#17. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metro Area

- Migration to Dallas in 2014-2018: 3,458
- Migration from Dallas to Washington: 2,754 (#15 most common destination from Dallas)
- Net migration: 704 to Dallas

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#16. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago in 2014-2018: 3,531
- Migration from Chicago to Washington: 4,142 (#15 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 611 to Washington

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#15. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metro Area

- Migration to Denver in 2014-2018: 3,603
- Migration from Denver to Washington: 1,998 (#10 most common destination from Denver)
- Net migration: 1,605 to Denver

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#14. Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA Metro Area

- Migration to Blacksburg in 2014-2018: 3,662
- Migration from Blacksburg to Washington: 1,580 (#1 most common destination from Blacksburg)
- Net migration: 2,082 to Blacksburg

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#13. Charlottesville, VA Metro Area

- Migration to Charlottesville in 2014-2018: 3,724
- Migration from Charlottesville to Washington: 1,997 (#1 most common destination from Charlottesville)
- Net migration: 1,727 to Charlottesville

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#12. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL Metro Area

- Migration to Miami in 2014-2018: 3,730
- Migration from Miami to Washington: 3,589 (#10 most common destination from Miami)
- Net migration: 141 to Miami

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#11. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metro Area

- Migration to Atlanta in 2014-2018: 4,012
- Migration from Atlanta to Washington: 4,191 (#4 most common destination from Atlanta)
- Net migration: 179 to Washington

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#10. San Diego-Carlsbad, CA Metro Area

- Migration to San Diego in 2014-2018: 4,109
- Migration from San Diego to Washington: 3,689 (#5 most common destination from San Diego)
- Net migration: 420 to San Diego

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#9. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metro Area

- Migration to Houston in 2014-2018: 4,518
- Migration from Houston to Washington: 1,639 (#18 most common destination from Houston)
- Net migration: 2,879 to Houston

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#8. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH Metro Area

- Migration to Boston in 2014-2018: 4,705
- Migration from Boston to Washington: 4,395 (#9 most common destination from Boston)
- Net migration: 310 to Boston

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

- Migration to Los Angeles in 2014-2018: 4,796
- Migration from Los Angeles to Washington: 4,364 (#17 most common destination from Los Angeles)
- Net migration: 432 to Los Angeles

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#6. Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV Metro Area

- Migration to Hagerstown in 2014-2018: 5,114
- Migration from Hagerstown to Washington: 3,338 (#1 most common destination from Hagerstown)
- Net migration: 1,776 to Hagerstown

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

- Migration to Philadelphia in 2014-2018: 6,002
- Migration from Philadelphia to Washington: 6,922 (#2 most common destination from Philadelphia)
- Net migration: 920 to Washington

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#4. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area

- Migration to New York in 2014-2018: 10,600
- Migration from New York to Washington: 16,086 (#4 most common destination from New York)
- Net migration: 5,486 to Washington

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#3. Richmond, VA Metro Area

- Migration to Richmond in 2014-2018: 10,602
- Migration from Richmond to Washington: 7,679 (#1 most common destination from Richmond)
- Net migration: 2,923 to Richmond

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#2. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metro Area

- Migration to Virginia Beach in 2014-2018: 10,872
- Migration from Virginia Beach to Washington: 7,971 (#1 most common destination from Virginia Beach)
- Net migration: 2,901 to Virginia Beach

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#1. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Metro Area

- Migration to Baltimore in 2014-2018: 28,140
- Migration from Baltimore to Washington: 23,968 (#1 most common destination from Baltimore)
- Net migration: 4,172 to Baltimore

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