Where New Residents of Atlanta Are Moving From

Atlanta is one of the top cities in the South, regularly topping many of our “Best City” lists. No wonder people are moving here at a rapid clip.

More than 95,000 people moved to the Atlanta metro area from 2014 to 2015, the third largest gain among other U.S. metros, according to Census data.  The population now  stands at over 5.7 million.

That got us at SpareFoot curious to find out where all these people are moving from, so we looked further back at some other Census data from 2009-2013 that shows the different places people moved to Atlanta from.

Moving to Atlanta

Specifically the data looks at inbound county migration to Fulton County, where most of the city is found.

More than 58 percent of people moving to Fulton county came from somewhere in the state.

Of the other 42 percent of people that came to Fulton County from out-of-state, these are the most popular origin counties:

  1. Cook County, IL (Chicago)
  2. Marion County, IN (Indianapolis)
  3. Miami-Dade County, FL
  4. Broward County, FL (Ft. Lauderdale)
  5. Hillsborough County, FL (Tampa)
  6. Los Angeles County, CA
  7. New York County, NY
  8. Orange County, FL (Orlando)
  9. Mecklenburg County, NC (Charlotte)
  10. Davidson County, TN (Nashville)

More than 33,400 people moved to Fulton County from out-of-state from 2009 to 2013. Meanwhile 41,200 moved to Fulton County from another county in Georgia–most commonly from neighboring DeKalb County where nearly 13,000 people moved from during the five year period.

Current Trends

All that movement generates demand for local self-storage facilities.

We looked at our own data to see where people are moving to Atlanta from currently.

To compile our list, we looked at the number of Sparefoot.com searchers for storage in the Atlanta metro area from April 2015 through March 2016. We also found the top ten places those searches originated from.

Based on our analysis, San Francisco is emerging as a top city where people are moving to Atlanta from, followed by New York and Washington, DC.

Below are the top ten metro areas where people are searching for storage in Atlanta from, along with the percent share of searchers among the top 10:

San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose CA 45%
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island 15%
Washington-Baltimore DC-MD-VA-WV 10%
Miami-Fort Lauderdale FL 6%
Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County CA 5%
Chicago-Gary-Kenosha IL-IN-WI 5%
Orlando, FL 5%
Athens, GA 3%
Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City PA-NJ-DE-MD 3%
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX 3%

We believe that storage searches made from one city for storage space in another city likely indicates intent to relocate to that city.

Our data shows a large amount of likely movers coming from the San Francisco area, which is one big difference from what the Census figures show.

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Al Harris