Are Americans Looking to Move? New Data from the Coldwell Banker Move Meter Reveals Shocking Search Destinations

City dwellers are seeking fresh horizons with Los Angeles, Denver and New York City topping the charts as the most frequent searchers looking to move, according to new data from the Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC Move Meter℠ tool, which compares characteristics such as cost and quality of living city by city. But where are they looking to go? Austin, Texas reigns supreme as the most searched Move Meter destination, drawing potential new residents with its thriving culture, job market and comparable affordability.

The exclusive Move Meter tool was created to give sellers and buyers an informative, clear picture about the potential of making their dream move a reality. It’s also the focus of the brand’s new “Dream” ad campaign airing on select Thursday nights on a streaming service this fall during the football season. Alongside it, the “Move Meter Match-Up,” a video and social media series comparing cities of each week’s football team matchups, invites consumers to compare their favorite football teams’ hometowns on

The data collected, which includes tens of thousands of searches over the course of this year’s campaign, reveals the most sought-after cities, routes and states where Americans are eager to find their new address.

A glimpse into Americans’ imaginations, featuring the expected, and the unexpected:

  • The Top 10 Cities People Are Dreaming of Moving To:
      1. Austin, Texas
      2. Charlotte, N.C.
      3. New York City
      4. Los Angeles
      5. Nashville, Tenn.
      6. Tampa, Fla.
      7. Raleigh, N.C.
      8. Seattle
      9. Atlanta
      10. San Diego
  • The Top 10 Cities People Are Dreaming of Moving From:
      1. Los Angeles
      2. Denver
      3. New York City
      4. Louisville, Ky.
      5. Chicago
      6. Austin, Texas
      7. Allentown, Pa.
      8. Seattle
      9. San Diego
      10. Minneapolis
  • Austin, Texas Leads as the Most Desirable Destination: Austin, Texas stands as the most coveted search destination, with its abundance of live music and warm weather. Charlotte, N.C. and New York City round out the top three, enticing individuals with their vibrant cultures and robust employment prospects.
  • Out-of-State Searches Decreased: Last summer, 82% of all Move Meter searches were looking to move out of state, but this year, that number dropped to 72.5%. This indicates that while many aspire to relocate to distant locales, a portion is also keen on staying put within their current state.
  • California, Florida, and Texas Lead In-State Moves: Residents of California, Florida and Texas are the most satisfied staying within state lines. They lead with the most searches within their own states.

In addition to the Move Meter, Coldwell Banker has created the ultimate destination for home sellers, with industry exclusive tools like the CB Estimate℠, which provides a home value estimate, and a remarkable new Seller’s Assurance Program.

With a network of over 100,000 agents across the globe, Coldwell Banker has affiliated agents in nearly every market in the United States. So, no matter where searchers are looking, a Coldwell Banker affiliated agent can help make the dream come true. Home sellers and buyers can visit to find an agent and prepare for their next move to their dream home using the

“The Move Meter is a powerful tool helping dreamers find their next destination. Tying Move Meter into our latest streaming advertising campaign “Dream” during Thursday football games is a touchdown for our consumers and our agents. Inviting our consumers to compare the hometowns of their favorite teams in a healthy competition enables us to engage with them in an entertaining way while helping them to dream of home in new destinations. Of course, our network is ready on the field to help them achieve their real estate goals.”

  • David Marine, CMO of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

Senior Manager, Public Relations & Giving for Coldwell Banker. Grew up in Sarasota and attended college at Western Carolina University. Athena wanted to wake up in that city that doesn’t sleep so headed to Madison Avenue to start her marketing career. She has been with this awesome brand for more than 15 years and can be found generating buzz about CB in every way possible. Athena helps to grow the brand’s position as the most storied real estate company within the industry and has led many high-profile endeavors; she was at the forefront of the brand’s pioneering smart home campaign, raised $6 million in two years to build 130 Habitat for Humanity homes, and led the Homes for Dogs program in partnership with that resulted in tens-of-thousands of dogs finding their furever home. She currently leads the CB Supports St. Jude program, which encourages the Coldwell Banker network’s 96,000+ real estate agents to make donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital for every real estate transaction they represent. In her spare time, you can find her either digging up a new area in her yard for another flower bed or planning her next travel adventure. She's the proud mom of three cats Jolene, Ziggy and Lucy.

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