But, large, “2nd tier” cities are starting to make a comeback in popularity, especially among millennials.
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But exactly which large cities are people moving to?
To measure the most popular large cities in the US, we looked at data from our move cost calculator and best interstate moving companies list to determine which large cities were most searched as destinations for relocation in 2017.
From the data, we compiled a list of the 25 most popular large cities with populations between 100,000 and 200,000 in the United States.
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25. Pasadena, CA
By Ken Lund from Reno, Nevada, USA – Union Street and Fair Oaks, Old Pasadena, Pasadena, California, CC BY-SA 2.0,
24. The Woodlands, TX
23. Rochester, MN
22. Columbia, MD
21. Pueblo, CO
“Pueblo is unique for a city its size, in that it maintains a small-town feel. In this friendly, diverse community everyone is welcome. It’s common for people, even complete strangers to nod and smile as they pass each other on the street or hold the door for the person behind them. Pueblo is optimally located along the front range of Colorado Rockies and it benefits from a warmer more arid desert climate, yet still close to the San Juan and Sangre De Cristo mountain ranges. Residents enjoy year-round outdoor activities and a more secluded outdoor experience. Whether you’re looking for the convenience of urban and suburban living or the rural experience of peaceful open spaces and dark skies, Pueblo offers both at a reasonable price. ”
– Sam Azad, City Manager
20. Santa Rosa, CA
19. Grand Rapids, MI
By Rachel Kramer, CC BY 2.0,
18. Fargo, ND
17. McAllen, TX
“McAllen is a great place to live, work and play,” said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. “People are moving to McAllen because of our great quality of life, including amazing weather; low crime rate; countless outdoor and indoor entertainment options for the young and young at heart; premier retail shopping locations; excellent education and healthcare systems; a beautiful, bicultural community; and the friendliest neighbors around. Come to McAllen and find out for yourself!”
– Mayor Jim Darling
16. Knoxville, TN
15. Cedar Rapids, IA
14. Gainesville, FL
By Flatwoods 36 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
13. Little Rock, AR
12. Round Rock, TX
11. Columbia, MO
“Time and time again, visitors are delightfully surprised by what Columbia has to offer. From picturesque parks and clever cuisine to amazing art and superb shopping, visitors find that Columbia is ‘more than a college town’ and ‘surprisingly sophisticated.’ We like to think of Columbia as a cool neighborhood in a big city, with a young vibe, an active buzz, and an engaged community. We’re also a friendly and welcoming community, with a thriving downtown and an abundance of cultural opportunities.”
– Como Tourism
10. Ann Arbor, MI
By Dwight Burdette – Own work, CC BY 3.0,
9. Bellevue, WA
8. Santa Clara, CA
By Raman Patel, CC BY 3.0,
7. Richardson, TX
6. Overland Park, KS
5. Norfolk, VA
4. Alexandria, VA
By Fletcher – Own work, CC BY 4.0,
3. Boulder, CO
2. Fort Collins, CO
1. Fort Lauderdale, FL
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