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Chicago Among Top Moving Destinations

Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 1:30 p.m. CDT

By Paul Tooher

Americans are on the move and many of them are heading for Chicago.

In fact, Chicagoland was one of the top 10 moving destinations in 2013, according to the latest Penske Truck Rental’s Top Moving Destinations List.

According to Penske, the Windy City is bucking the national trend that finds most people moving from the Northeast and Midwest to cities in the South and West.

Chicago was ranked eighth as a top moving destination in 2013, down from fifth place in 2012.

Chicago’s population grew from 2,695,598 in 2010 to 2,714,856 in 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

In DeKalb, on the other hand, the population has declined between 2010 and 2012, from 44,101 to 43,842, according to the Census Bureau.

Penske rated Atlanta as the top moving destination for the fourth consecutive year, while Tampa, Fla. made its first appearance on the top 10 list and finished in second place.

Other cities on the list include Dallas, where the median rent is $1,300; Orlando, Fla., where the median rent is $1,200; Phoenix; Houston; Seattle; Denver, Denver and Las Vegas.

According to the Census Bureau, 35.9 million U.S. residents, or 11.7 percent of all Americans, moved between 2012 and 2013.

The Census Bureau also found that the Northeast had the lowest moving rate among regions, followed by the Midwest, the South and the West.

The single-race black population had the highest mover rate (15.0 percent) among race and ethnic groups, followed by Hispanics (13.9 percent), single-race Asians (12.6 percent) and single-race whites who were not Hispanic (10.3 percent).

Between 2012 and 2013, 18.9 percent of the unemployed (age 16 and older) population moved, compared with 11.9 percent of employed civilians and 8.9 percent of people not in the labor force.

Moving is never cheap. Zillow cites a 2010 report by Worldwide ERC, the Worldwide Relocation Association, that found that the average professional household move costs $12,230.

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