• Phoenix earned the first spot as the most popular metro for in-migration, gaining an average of 49,882 residents per year, from exchanges with other metros, between 2015 and 2019.
• Most of the new residents came from the three largest contributors: Los Angeles, Tucson, and Chicago.
• Mostly, people left from Phoenix to Tucson, Flagstaff, and Prescott.
• Overall, the Sun Belt continues to be a popular destination for Americans with locations like Inland Empire, Dallas, and Austin making the Top 10.
For instance, our previous analysis on metro-to-metro migration found that burgeoning Sun Belt economic centers with advantageous costs of living were gaining net population from exchanges with other metros. The U.S. Census Bureau has released the latest metro-to-metro migration data in September 2021, so we decided to find out how internal population movement had changed since our last study.