10 Most Popular Cities To Move To In 2015
Median Salary: $62,500
Annual Job Growth Rate: 4.1%
Home Ownership Rate: 63.1%
Charlotte, NC and Raleigh-Durham, NC
Projected Population Increase by 2030 for Charlotte and Raleigh: 71%
Rate of Increase of College Graduates: 49% between 2000 and 2012
Though certain big city types might look down on the flyby states, it’s called the heartland for a reason. And Madison consistently has a quality of life rating that would make New York City and San Francisco residents turn green with envy. Livability.com’s second annual study on the “Top 100 Best Places to Live 2015” ranked Madison number one, specifically citing their great school system and unique blend of college town dynamics and state capitol job opportunities. Plus, you can live there without spending $2,000 a month on a studio apartment.
Average Rent: $1,118 a month
Queens, New York
With all due respect to the people of Queens, many people are surprised to see the borough on Top Places to Move lists. But there’s one simple reason for the city’s newfound popularity. The median rent for a studio apartment in Manhattan is $2,300, and Brooklyn was recently named the most unaffordable housing market in America for 2015. Experts say Brooklyn residents would need to spend nearly 100% of the median income to afford the typical Brooklyn home. So until the same thing inevitably happens in Queens, expect the borough to be a major refuge for New Yorkers in the next few years.
Average Monthly Rent for a Two-Bedroom Apartment: $1,300
San Francisco and Oakland, California
Despite a worsening drought, thousands of people move to these Golden State cities each year. The Milken Institute named San Francisco their number three best performing city economically because of its booming technology industry. Unfortunately for new residents, the city is such a major draw for entrepreneurs that the housing and rental market has climbed sky-high, sending many residents across the Bay to nearby Oakland, hence its new nickname, the “Brooklyn by the Bay.”