Chicago Ranks Among Top Places to Move in 2021, List Shows

Most Americans moved to the city of Chicago, among nine other destinations, in 2021, according to a newly released list.

Penske Truck Rental calculated the top 10 places where customers relocated to in 2021 amid new remote work opportunities stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the new list, Chicago ranked No. 1, though it had not made the list since 2015 where it again ranked tenth.

Here's the list from 2021:

  1. Houston, Texas
  2. Las Vegas, Nevada
  3. Phoenix, Arizona
  4. Charlotte, North Carolina
  5. Denver, Colorado
  6. San Antonio, Texas
  7. Dallas, Texas
  8. Orlando, Florida
  9. Austin, Texas
  10. Chicago, Illinois

Charlotte also reemerged on the ranking this year after taking a break since 2018, Penske noted.

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, over 20% more Americans moved in 2021 compared to 2020, with an estimated 14-23 million U.S. residents able to relocate due to work.

The company noted three "fun facts" about each destination, including Chicago. Penske said:

  • Chicago is home to the only backwards flowing river in the world
  • The city is the starting point of Route 66
  • Chicago has over 2,000 hot dog stands, many of which don't offer ketchup
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