Americans move around a lot—and they need a lot of help doing it.

Residential moving companies in the United States recently generated $17 billion in annual revenue, according to IBISworld. That is a lot of money behind people changing homes.

But if you were looking to break into the industry with your own moving company, you wouldn’t want to just set up anywhere. Ideally you would locate your business in a hot market, where folks are moving in large numbers. Another thing to look for is a place with growing demand for movers, less competition from other companies and also affordable housing for you and your employees.

So where are the best cities for starting a moving company?

To answer this, we teamed up with Thumbtack.com, an online service that connects consumers with skilled professionals to get things done—including finding a professional mover.

10 best cities to start a professional moving company

The Top 10 Cities

Based on their marketplace data, Thumbtack recently identified the metro areas in America with the most market opportunity for pro movers. The Thumbtack Market Opportunity Index is based on three factors: market size, market growth and supply relative to demand.

Thumbtack also provided the average price per job movers charge in each of those metro areas.

We took the 10 cities with the highest market opportunity and ranked them by affordability. To determine affordability, we calculated the number of moving jobs it would take to pay one month’s rent in each city, and the number of moving jobs it would take to equal the median home price in each city.

To determine our final ranking, we combined rankings for the Thumbtack Market Opportunity Index, number of jobs needed to cover rent each month, and number of jobs to equal the median home price.

2016 median home prices was obtained from Realtor.com and current median rents were obtained from Zumper.com.

Here are the top 10 best places for starting a moving company ranked:

10. San Francisco, CA

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The city of San Francisco has been booming for years, raising rents and home prices along the way. If you can afford it, San Francisco has a healthy demand for moving labor, although the average job price leaves something to be desired for a market of its size.

Thumbtack Opportunity Index: 68.8
Average job price: $222.42
Median rent:
$3,220
Jobs needed to cover rent:
14.9
Median home price:
$838,600
Jobs needed to equal home price:
3,770

9. Austin, TX

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Austin has been one of the fastest growing cities in Texas, and isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Demand for moving labor remains elevated.

Thumbtack Opportunity Index: 73.99
Average job price: $240.26
Median rent:
$1,050
Jobs needed to cover rent:
4.4
Median home price:
$284,000
Jobs needed to equal home price:
1,182

8. New York, NY

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New York City commands prices $50 more than the average national average. It has extremely high demand for moving services that is underserved by the current number of moving businesses operating, according to Thumbtack’s statistics.

Thumbtack Opportunity Index: 91.46
Average job price: $404.25
Median rent:
$2,940
Jobs needed to cover rent:
7.27
Median home price:
370,000
Jobs needed to equal home price:
916

7. Houston, TX

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Houston is our second Texas city to appear on the list. It is more affordable to buy a home here than in Austin and scores higher on the opportunity index. Otherwise these two cities are pretty close.

Thumbtack Opportunity Index: 76.78
Average job price: $253.28
Median rent:
$1,150
Jobs needed to cover rent:
4.5
Median home price:
$217,400
Jobs needed to equal home price:
858

5. San Antonio, TX (tie)

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Texas has been one of the fastest growing states in recent history, and it may come as no surprise to see four of the state’s biggest cities earn a spot on our list. In this case, Dallas and San Antonio tied for fifth place but for different reasons. San Antonio is one of the most affordable locations on our list in terms of renting or buying a home.

Thumbtack Opportunity Index: 70.16
Average job price: $301.87
Median rent:
$830
Jobs needed to cover rent:
2.75
Median home price:
$206,900
Jobs needed to equal home price:
685

5. Dallas, TX (tie)

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Dallas on the other hand earned points for the strength of its market opportunity index, the second-highest ranking score on this list.

Thumbtack Opportunity Index: 92.72
Average job price: $259.15
Median rent:
$1,320
Jobs needed to cover rent:
5.1
Median home price:
$227,100
Jobs needed to equal home price:
876

4. Chicago, IL

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The Windy City had the highest opportunity score on this list. A shortage of moving companies here presents a prime opportunity for any intrepid moving company owner with a taste for hot dogs, freezing lake shore winds and green beer

Thumbtack Opportunity Index: 100
Average job price: $350.58
Median rent:
$1,770
Jobs needed to cover rent:
5
Median home price:
$234,000
Jobs needed to equal home price:
667.5

3. Atlanta, GA

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Atlanta is the only southern city to make the cut, but it earns points for being both affordable and having a high demand for moving services.

Thumbtack Opportunity Index: 82.75
Average job price: $313.97
Median rent:
$1,330
Jobs needed to cover rent:
4.25
Median home price:
$184,500
Jobs needed to equal home price:
587.6

1. Tucson, AZ (tie)

 Tucson is the second largest city in Arizona, but lags behind most metros in gender pay gap advancement.

In a tie for first, Tucson earns its place by having both one of the highest average prices per moving job in the country, coupled with the most affordable housing options.

Thumbtack Opportunity Index: 76.51
Average job price: $416.20
Median rent:
$600
Jobs needed to cover rent:
1.44
Median home price:
$190,400
Jobs needed to equal home price:
457.5

1. Baltimore, MD (tie)

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While slightly less affordable than Tucson, Baltimore movers command the highest average job price of $441.33 per move. It also scored slightly higher than Tucson on the opportunity index.

Thumbtack Opportunity Index: 77.84
Average job price: $441.33
Median rent:
$1,150
Jobs needed to cover rent:
2.61
Median home price:
$253,000
Jobs needed to equal home price:
573.5

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Alexander Harris