Even the most loyal Chicagoans might have considered fleeing the Windy City for good during the cruel polar vortex that recently froze Chicago. Like the winter, however, such thoughts don’t last forever. As the temperature warms to a balmy 30 degrees Fahrenheit, people remember the reasons they live here; whether it’s for work, loved ones, great food, sports, art, or all of the above, people live here despite knowing the weather will be flat-out cold for 3-4 months each year. That fact, it appears, hasn’t affected people outside Chicago from wanting to move here either.
According to data collected by the Reading, PA-based Penske Truck Rental, a provider of consumer moving truck rentals, Chicago ranked No. 8 in the country’s top 10 moving destinations in 2013. Chicago Agent reported in 2012 that St. Louis-based moving company United Van Lines ranked Chicago the No. 2 moving destination in America.
Chicago ranked No. 5 in Penske’s 2012 ranking, but even with the drop, Chicago’s the only Midwest city ranked in the top 10. According to Don Mikes, Penske’s senior vice president of rental, the patterns of people on-the-go are becoming more consistent.
“We have seen a continued migration of Penske Truck Rental customers from the Northeast and Midwest parts of the U.S. into these areas,” Mikes said in a blog post announcing the company’s findings.
Atlanta tops the list for the fourth year in a row. The following metropolitan areas rank No. 2 through No. 7: Tampa, Fla. and Sarasota, Fla.; Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas; Orlando, Fla.; Phoenix; Houston; and Seattle. Denver and Las Vegas rank No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.
Penske creates its list by analyzing the one-way consumer truck rental reservations it receives, according to the blog post.
See the infographic below to get a better idea of why people moved to Chicago (click on the image for its full size):