Houston a top destination for movers

by James McClister

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One of the top indicators for a housing market’s continued strength is new, incoming residents; and in 2016, for the second year in a row, Houston was a top destination for movers, according to a report from Penske Truck Rental.

“It is remarkable that Atlanta continues to dominate this list,” said Joe Hill, senior vice president for Penske Truck Leasing’s Southeast region.

As explanation for Houston’s apparent magnetism, and consistent appearance on the moving company’s top destinations list, Penske’s report highlights the city’s relatively affordable median home value of $310,000; its strong 6.6 percent home price appreciation from 2015 to 2016; the city’s average temperature of 69.1 degrees Fahrenheit; and its high median household income of $60,465.

Check out our table below to see how Houston compares to other top destinations:

City 2016 Rank (2015 Rank) Median Home Value Avg. Temperature Median Household Income
Atlanta 1 (1) $198,000 61.4 $60,219
Dallas/Fort Worth 2 (4) $177,100 64.8 $60,410
Phoenix 3 (2) $200,900 75.1 $55,547
Denver 4 (6) $363,500 50.2 $70,283
Tampa/Sarasota 5 (3) $216,350 73.2 $51,305
Orlando 6 (5) $158,200 73.4 $51,077
Seattle 7 (8) $611,500 52 $75,331
Las Vegas 8 (9) $205,100 69.3 $51,552
Houston 9 (7) $310,000 69.1 $61,465
Charlotte 10 (unranked) $178,200 59.8 $54,836
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