SC city named most displaced city in the country. Where people call their new home

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According to PODS Moving and Storage, the Myrtle Beach area was the most visited place in the United States for the second year in a row.

Along with Myrtle Beach and Wilmington, North Carolina, six other Carolina cities made the top 20 list for 2024, showing that South Carolina and North Carolina are becoming popular destinations. Top areas include Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Lower costs of living, access to nature and a good quality of life attract people to the southern states, PODS writes in a press release. The weather is milder, but there are still four seasons and the mountains and ocean in the Carolinas are close.

According to PODS, there is a larger trend of people moving to the Southern Appalachians, with the cities of Tennessee and Georgia also in the top 20.

The Myrtle Beach area has experienced tremendous growth, with the population increasing by approximately 47% between 2010 and 2023 for the city of Myrtle Beach and Horry County, according to Census data.

Top 20 most moved cities

  1. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina / Wilmington, North Carolina (1st in 2023)

  2. Ocala, Florida (4th in 2023)

  3. Houston, Texas (5th in 2023)

  4. Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina (10th in 2023)

  5. Charlotte, North Carolina (16th in 2023)

  6. Raleigh, North Carolina (20th in 2023)

  7. Phoenix, Arizona (18th in 2023)

  8. Knoxville, Tennessee (7th in 2023)

  9. Jacksonville, Florida (8th in 2023)

  10. Asheville, North Carolina (17th in 2023)

  11. Boise, Idaho (15th in 2023)

  12. Portland, Maine (13th in 2023)

  13. Nashville, Tennessee (11th in 2023)

  14. Atlanta, Georgia (unranked 2023)

  15. Johnson City, Tennessee (unranked 2023)

  16. Huntsville, Alabama (unranked 2023)

  17. Dover, Delaware (unranked 2023)

  18. Orlando, Florida (3rd in 2023)

  19. Savannah, Georgia (19th in 2023)

  20. Greensboro, North Carolina (unranked 2023)