Surprising South Carolina City Makes Realtor.com List Of “10 U.S. Cities Everybody Wants To Move To”
I feel like no matter where you are these days the real estate market is out of control. It’s overwhelming and the price you’re going to pay if you are even able to purchase is going to be, in my opinion, absurd. Especially in the Carolinas. Because it’s not just people purchasing a first home or upgrading, but people relocating to the area as well. So when I came across a study by Realtor.com about the 10 U.S. Cities everyone is moving to, I had a sneaking suspicion I’d find at least one Carolina city on the list. And I did. Though in all honesty, I expected North Carolina to top South Carolina for cities to move to. But it didn’t. And if you would have told me the South Carolina city Realtor.com says everyone wants to move to, I wouldn’t have believed you. My first guess would be Charleston, following Greenville, and then Columbia. But it’s none of those, instead, it’s Myrtle Beach. Yes the dirty Myrtle as some call it, the vacation destination of the Carolinas, ranked 6th on this list.
You can see the full top 10 below:
- Pheonix, AZ
- Chicago, IL
- Atlanta, GA
- Dallas, TX
- Myrtle Beach, SC
- Minneapolis, MN
- St. Louis, MO
- Tampa, FL
- Memphis, TN
- Charlotte, NC
According to Realtor.com, the median list price in the Charlotte market is $359,990. They say that for that price you can get a 3-bedroom home even within walking distance of the boardwalk. Ok, maybe I get it now. I can barely find a 1 bedroom condo for that price in Charlotte. So I can now see why Myrtle Beach made the list of cities to move to.
So what exactly went into making this list? Realtor.com looked at the viewing patterns of people using the platform to view home listings. From this, they were able to tell where people were shopping for homes in Q2 of 2023 as well as where they were located. From there, they were able to create together a list of the cities with the most interest from out-of-state home shoppers. The data analysis included 900 metros. Only one city per state was included on the list to “ensure geographical diversity”. You can read their full study here.