Moving company United Van Lines has released a report on the 2013 peak moving season that shows the Pacific Northwest and Northern California to be the fastest-growing and most popular destinations.

The report shows residential moves for summer 2013 were up 8.5 percent from last year, which jibes with data from the National Association of Realtors showing that sales of existing homes in July were up 17.2 percent from a year ago to 5.39 million in July, the highest since 2009.

Economist Michael A. Stoll, chairman of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, said continued growth in the tech sector “is drawing people to Northern California, but the high cost of living in Silicon Valley is causing tech companies and workers to migrate north to Seattle. Portland is also experiencing unprecedented growth attracting a range of millennials and retirees relocating for amenities such as public transit, green space, local arts and a vibrant urban culture.”

The United Van Lines report showed the 15 most popular cities for U.S. families to move to this summer (from May through August) were:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Atlanta
  • Houston
  • Chicago
  • Seattle
  • Dallas
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Phoenix
  • Denver
  • Los Angeles
  • San Jose, Calif.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Minneapolis
  • Boston
  • San Diego


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