For some time moving companies like United Van Lines have been tracking what cities people flee from and flock to. The last couple years were grim for Chicago with more people running out then staying in.
This year, the tables have turned. The study tracked movement from May-August. Not only did considerably more people move into the city then away from, but Chicago topped the charts as the most popular moving destination. Closely trailing behind was Washington, Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, Dallas, Phoenix, and New York.
The most surprising tidbit is that out of all Chicago moves 65.2% took part in moving in, rather than out. Last year it was the opposite with 63% of movers packing their bags.
But why? My first hunch was time of the year. We all love Chicago unconditionally during spring/summer/fall, right until winter hits. Then we add conditions and many find the cold just too much to bear. Yet more people were still leaving this time last year and the year before which leads us to employment.
Chicago has a strong and growing presence in finance and technology, enabling us to add more jobs and lure more residents. And for this we can thank the millennials.